PuppetConf 2015 Recap
October 27, 2015 | DevOps | Wes Davis
During the first week of October I had the pleasure of attending my first PuppetConf in lovely Portland, Oregon. Armed with plenty of swag, a smile, and a can’t-miss raffle prize (6 month memberships to the Bacon of the Month Club as well as the Craft Beer of the Month Club), I was ready for action.
An enthusiastic attendee asked, “Is this what you guys do? Beer & Bacon?!” After a back-and-forth about Conjur’s security orchestration platform for dynamic infrastructure, he wanted two things: “First, get me that info on Conjur’s Puppet, Jenkins, and Docker solutions. And then, make sure I win that beer & bacon.”
(Top 10 ‘why I should win the beer & bacon’ notes at the end.)
One more thing pulled new and veteran Puppeteers to the booth, the eye candy that is the revamped Conjur UI:
As one visitor put it, “My security folks are just gonna love that magenta.”
Once the UI-gazers & beer/bacon lovers learned that Conjur VP Josh Bregman was giving a talk on Using Puppet with a Secrets Server, the questions poured out:
- “So, what exactly does Conjur do?”
– Conjur orchestrates privileged user and machine identity at scale.
- “Do you integrate with other tools in addition to Puppet?”
- “What if we have LDAP and AD?”
– That’s fine. Conjur offers both LDAP & AD sync.
- “Is Conjur open-source?”
– Conjur is an enterprise-grade platform. We do have an open-source secrets project called Summon.
- “How do I get to see it in action?”
– Request a live demo, and I’ll get in touch with you.
All our conversations confirmed something important: even for organizations sending people to PuppetConf, maturity varies widely. Puppet is both brand new and second nature; containers are in test almost everywhere, and even in production some places; better continuous integration and delivery are across-the-board goals. Throughout all of it, though, shone an eagerness for anything that helps manage credentials and keys more securely, and scales across HA environments better than boot-strapped, home-grown, or open-source tools. This strikes a particular note for us here at Conjur.
Increasingly gone seem the days when security, audit, and compliance were ‘someone’s problem.’ Agile development has really begun putting a face to that ‘someone,’ and everyone involved is beginning to realize that that face looks a lot like the one they see in the mirror.
The one I see needs to get back to pre-PuppetConf amounts of bacon – turns out, talking about that and beer repeatedly for three days apparently has one or two longer-lasting consequences. I’m sure that our winner will be able to show more restraint as he enjoys those 6 months of craft beer and bacon with the perfect shirt to wear while he does:
Now, for the Top 10 reasons people gave for why they should win the beer & bacon (even though they knew it wouldn’t help them do so):
10. “Thank You!” – presumptive close, nice
9. “Pik M3” – time-saver spelling
8. “I like hops” – hoppy bacon?
7. “Because you love me!!!” – even more presumptive close, nicer?
6. “Beets, Bears, and Battlestar Galactica.” – awesome alliteration
5. “BACONNNNNNN” – 7 N’s spell enthusiasm
4. “Beardo!” – missing verse from Ole McDonald
3. “I want t-shirt” – caveman-esque brevity
2. “Eh, anything you want to put in there!” – word for word what I said when he asked what to write.
1. “I’d really like to win because I am bacon and beer’s best fan on the planet, and since the recent discovery of water on mars, quite possibly the solar system.” – we’ll just have to ask Matt Damon.