Following FOSDEM in early February, the Config Management Camp was held in Gent, Belgium. 2017 being the 4th annual iteration of the Config Management Camp shows just how young this conference actually is. Despite that, it gave a good insight into configuration management and enabled participants to have personal interaction with the community. For the first time, credativ joined the rank of sponsors for the Config Management Camp on a gold level. Five of our employees went on site to represent credativ.
The initial approach to configuration management was to think of infrastructure as a code, in general this has been part of our day to day business for a substantial amount of time. Since we think it is of utmost importance to keep in touch with the latest developments in this field, we opted to support and actively participate at the Config Management Camp, which may be the only conference available in this form right now.
At the Config Management Camp we had some very intriguing conversations with representatives of the community. Most fascinating was just how much value some community projects put on user feedback. This aspect was especially prominent talking to members of the foreman project and it also helped us to get a new approach toward solutions and projects in general.
Besides getting new insights into technical topics, the aspect of team building and establishing of a sustainable work environment were also addressed quite frequently. As such, the talk “resilient systems require resilient people” elaborated on the importance of considering individual needs of knowledge workers and showed how it is possible to better the resilience as a team. Another talk dealt with the contemporary problems of lateral entrants in the IT sector and on how to lower the barriers of entry.
From a technical standpoint the current trend of container based deployments seems to be very important lately and was also represented at the Config Management Camp. While container based deployments which constantly change and evolve were the hot topic, configuration management tools like Ansible and Puppet that started to stabilise and a set of best practices were other topics for discussion.
Some interesting projects were fairly new to us and caught our attention immediately:
All talks relating to OpenSCAP and InSpec also made out to be very interesting, because the implementation of baseline protection measures plays a major role in our daily work. Both are giving a different approach, but aim for delivering the same: automation of compliance.
Last but not least, we like to point out the very welcoming and friendly people making sure to supply everyone with enough coffee, food and beverages. All in all the Config Management Camp was a very interesting and successful conference to attend.
Written by Patrick Schönfeld, credativ GmbH
Translated by Carsten Meskes, credativ international GmbH