Published on 5 June 2014 by

We had our very first Puppet Camp in Japan last week, and it was great fun! Not only was this our first camp in Tokyo, it was also our first camp with translators, since some of the presentations were in Japanese and others in English. We held it at the lovely Hotel Chinzanso thanks to The Linux Foundation, which kindly teamed up with us for the event. This was a beautiful venue — we were in a Japanese garden with a pagoda, shrine, statues and even a few fireflies. Overall, we thought it went very well, and I had a great time!

Puppet Camp Japanese Garden

Nigel kicked off the day with the Puppet Camp keynote presentation, which provided the background for the rest of the day. He talked about why we need configuration management, all of the various technologies that come together to make Puppet and Puppet Enterprise, and where to go to learn more.

David Mytton from Server Density talked about the fact that Puppet is most of your documentation, including what should be documented, how to go about it, and how everything can be tied together with Puppet.

Next up was our first-ever session in Japanese! Misa Kondo of Voyage Group talked about doing application releases utilizing MCollective.

Syed Armani from Hastexo talked about using Kickstack, a pure-Puppet rapid deployment system for OpenStack. If you are interested in using OpenStack and Puppet, this is a great place to start.

The next Japanese-language presentation came from Katsuaki Awaiishima of Voyage Group, who talked about why they stopped using Puppet Agent Daemon.

As always, we also had a Puppet demo. Jeremy Adams got bonus points for knowing enough Japanese to follow along with the translator and make additional clarifying comments. He was also a big help for us in many other ways during the Puppet camp!

Our last talk from Otto Jongerius, Atlassian, wins the prize for more creative talk name: Fireballs, ice bats and 1,000,000 plugins: a story of continuous delivery. Since only a few people had actually implemented continuous delivery, it was also a popular presentation.

Since we were already attending Puppet Camp, we also went to LinuxCon Japan where Nigel and I both had talks. Nigel was on a panel about Virtualization and the Open Cloud, and he also had a talk about Bringing Application Owners and Systems Administrators Together via Configuration Management Workflows. I provided some Lessons about Community from Studio Ghibli during my talk. This was a variant of my Lessons about Community from Science Fiction talk, but with Studio Ghibli examples for Japan.

If you missed this Puppet Camp, you can get links to the presentations and view materials from other past Puppet Camps by visiting the Previous Puppet Camps section of the Puppet Camp page.

If you are interested in attending a future Puppet Camp, there are more upcoming camps in a variety of cities with more being scheduled soon. We’ll look forward to seeing you there!

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