At the end of 2012 ESPN undertook an effort to modernize its deployment and maintenance of linux based platform services. ESPN faced a challenging problem in that hundreds of servers needed to be puppetized yet the largest cluster of identical servers was only eight servers. Therefore having a puppet environment that was flexible, consistent, simple to understand and data driven was critical to success. This session looks at the architectural decisions made by ESPN while performing a green field implementation of Puppet 3.0 and reflects on the resulting good and bad of those decisions.
Senior Application Architect, ESPN
Ben Schofield is the middleware architect for ESPN. With 11 years of IT experience working for Fortune 200 companies in the retail, insurance, financial and media industries, Ben has seen the good, bad and ugly of IT operations and management. He brings a unique perspective on how a well designed devops team with the right mind set can help large IT departments reduce costs and decrease time to market.