Nov 7 – 9, 2022
Prague, Czech Republic
Europe/Prague timezone

Juju & Model Driven Operations: An Introduction

Nov 8, 2022, 3:00 PM
Ballroom (Hilton Prague)


Hilton Prague

25 Minute Talk Infrastructure


Jon Seager


Open source software has empowered both individuals and businesses with a staggering array of high-quality software that can be wielded to solve any number of problems. Compared to 20 years ago, or even 5 years ago, the number of projects available to businesses is huge.

What hasn't got any easier is actually operating software. From public cloud, to private cloud, to hybrid cloud and multi-cloud, the complexity of operating software safely, efficiently and competently has continued to increase. Many configuration management tools are still concerned primarily with the task of Day 0 and Day 1 provisioning, but provide only a very slim wrapper around low-level primitives for ongoing operations.

In this talk, I'll outline how Juju challenges this status-quo by modelling deployed software across clouds and providing a comprehensive toolkit for Day 2+ operations. In addition, I'll show how Canonical is encouraging the growth of an entire community dedicated to open sourcing not just applications, but high quality operations code to go with them. The combination of these two will truly empower businesses to take advantage of open source in the real world, with the confidence that their infrastructure is scalable, reliable and secure.

Session author bios

Jon is VP Engineering, Enterprise Solutions at Canonical, leading the teams that deliver Juju and a suite of enterprise-ready operators for data platforms, machine learning operations, observability and more.

Following a degree in Computer Science, Jon’s career started at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He joined the Royal Corps of Signals where he played a key role in helping the UK define high-level doctrine for cyber operations and electronic warfare.

While working on next steps beyond the military, Jon spent 3 months participating in the Consensys Tachyon accelerator for early-stage blockchain startups. He subsequently worked for Thales UK, where he designed and built a public-cloud first development platform for UK government projects, bringing modern infrastructure-as-code and immutable infrastructure practices to a wider audience inside Thales.

Linux, open-source and tech interests aside, Jon is a husband and father with a keen interest in coffee, cars and bikes!

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