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Rich Pelavin: 3 Startups, 3 PuppetConfs

Published on 11 June 2013 by

Rich Pelavin is a serial entrepreneur — now on his third startup — who’s been coding for 40 years.Photo of Rich Pelavin of Reactor8 That long history with computing gives Rich an unusual perspective on technology, particularly in the area of configuration management, which he’s been working with for 18 years.

So it’s nice to hear that Rich plans to attend his third PuppetConf in San Francisco this August. Rich is very familiar with Puppet Labs technology: He’s been using it for more than two years in his newest company, Reactor8, an IT automation and infrastructure development startup that will be releasing workflow and collaboration tools for Puppet developers.

“They do a great job of educating you about Puppet [at PuppetConf],” Rich said. “And it’s great to network, to talk to these IT guys who are in the trenches and know the issues.”

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Behind the Music & Coming to PuppetConf: Erik Dalen

Published on 6 June 2013 by

Photo of Erik DalenIf you've ever listened to music on Spotify, you've benefited from Erik Dalen's work. He's a system engineer located at the company's office in Stockholm, Sweden, where Spotify was founded.

Most of Erik's work centers around maintaining the reliability of Spotify's high-demand production environment, a task complicated by the fact that  infrastructure must constantly expand to meet demand. "It's quite an exciting company," Erik said.

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Getting it Straight from the Source at PuppetConf: Justin Seabrook-Rocha & Patrick Adair

Published on 20 May 2013 by
When you’re responsible for keeping other people’s enterprise websites up and running, you never want to say you’re sorry they’re down. That’s why Justin Seabrook-Rocha and Patrick Adair both use Puppet technology in their work for Hurricane Electric, an internet services company whose transit backbone connects to more than 2,100 IP networks. Hurricane Electric is located in Fremont, California, and Justin & Patrick both work in the same building that was once the manufacturing facility for NeXT Computer, Steve Jobs' gig before his 1997 return to the helm of Apple. Both Justin, a network engineer, and Patrick, a network technician, are registered for PuppetConf in August. They’re expecting to get tips and advice from other attendees and speakers on ways to make their own Puppet infrastructure better, and the latest updates on what’s new with Puppet.
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Finding New Friends at PuppetConf: Tom Fox of Friend Finder Networks

Published on 30 April 2013 by
[caption id="attachment_25191" align="alignright" width="312"]Tom Fox, PuppetCamp attendee Tom Fox manages thousands of physical servers to help people find like-minded friends at Friend Finder.[/caption] Tom Fox likes meeting people. In fact, you could say his job is all about meeting people: Tom is the director of systems engineering at Friend Finder Networks, a $314 million publicly traded company. Behind the curtain, Tom and his team pull the strings of thousands of servers running almost 40 different websites, most of them dedicated to helping like-minded people find each other. With all that system complexity to manage, Tom likes picking up new knowledge at PuppetConf. “I get to see the roadmap for the IT industry,” he said. “I get a broader picture of the trends, and where people are going with ops.”
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We Want You to Speak at PuppetConf 2013!

Published on 24 April 2013 by
Did you know that you can get a free ticket to PuppetConf if you submit a talk by May 6, and it is selected as part of the program? Gene Kim speaks at PuppetConfThis is your chance to talk about all of the interesting ways that you are using Puppet and related technologies! We are looking for sessions that range from how-to information for beginners to advanced topics for experts and everything in between. We would love to see you sharing stories about how you use Puppet, including the mistakes that were made along the way, what you learned from them, and how you fixed them.
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PuppetConf: Your San Francisco Holiday Guide

Published on 17 April 2013 by
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Late August is just about the best time to visit San Francisco. It’s the warmest and least rainy season, so you can enjoy long days and pleasant evenings in a city that’s made for pleasurable strolling. So go ahead - make a real holiday out of PuppetConf. You won’t want to miss a single session, of course, but you’ll have time for fun on Wednesday morning before registration. Stay through the weekend—or longer!—and you can enjoy lots of San Francisco sights. (Pssst - register now and get the 25 percent early bird discountTweet your friends, too: #PuppetConf.) Here are a few of the most fun things to do in San Francisco: The Exploratorium. As Isaac Rabinovitch points out in the comments below, this wonderful hands-on museum - or is it a playground for grownups? - is a must for anyone who loves science. Walk through the Ferry Building at the Embarcadero (Pier 1). Enjoy lovely views of the Bay Bridge and visit the gourmet food shops. Browse the shops in Union Square. It’s all here: antiques, jewelry, clothing, and an Apple store. Visit the sea lions at Pier 39They've been here for more than 20 years, sunning themselves, barking (loudly) and pushing each other off the pier. Not to be missed.
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