November 6-8, 2017

Event Details

Please note: All times listed below are in Central Time Zone

Paddy Power Betfair's journey to OpenStack Cloud - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Over the past 2 years PaddyPower Betfair have migrated ~400 applications to our OpenStack cloud. We will cover the organisational, cultural and technical challenges, the good decisions the bad decisions.

Technically we will talk about the hundreds of different technologies, the challenges, real and perceived of moving them to a cloud. How every application is a unicorn to the developer who built and loves them and how we approached and solved this with OpenStack.

Culturally we want to share the joys and pains of working with 2000 developers across 4 sites. The difficulties and opportunities that occur when a major merger, forming a new major FTSE 100 entity happens in the middle of your journey to OpenStack. We will tell war stories, love stories, and hopefully inspire some reflection. 

Organisationally we will talk about how espousing a fully automated OpenStack cloud impacted both those teams building it and using it. We will describe the business impact, and how we measured it.

What can I expect to learn?

We hope to share our experiences of the complex mixture of challenges faced when moving a large and dynamic organisation to the cloud. We will touch on technical challenges , posed by technologies such as Hadoop or Informix databases and how we resolved them. 

Hopefully our experiences, both good and bad, will enable you to avoid repeating our mistakes, you will learn the impact of a change of leadership and focus during a project and how we worked across locations to make that a success. 

Hopefully this will serve as a gateway presentation to other information, we will make numerous references to previous technical presentations and how we leveraged OpenStack to solve our challenges. 

Lastly there will be our view of how we have measured success or otherwise. Project success metrics.

Tuesday, November 7, 4:10pm-4:50pm (5:10am - 5:50am UTC)
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Paddy Power Betfair
Head of Cloud Automation @ Paddy Power Betfair, tasked with supporting the move of the companies applications to our new OpenStack private cloud. Previously Manager of Dev and DevOps teams in Blip, Porto, and also of the Betfair Exchange Platform. Long time a PL/SQL developer. Big fan of Brighton and Hove Albion.  FULL PROFILE