Too many unreliable systems in your life? Take note of what’s happening at SREcon, an industry conference for site reliability engineers brought to you by USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association, which has been bringing together the community of engineers and systems administrators around computing since 1975.

The strength of USENIX has always been building technical communities, and in the last couple of years, the association has cultivated a strong following of site reliability engineers (SREs). This year’s SREcon, taking place March 27-29, is a testament to that community building, as the association expects to draw 700 SREs to its sold-out conference in Santa Clara, CA.

As the adoption of containers in the enterprise continues to rise, SREcon plans to address container orchestration tools like Kubernetes and other useful open source projects during the cloud-native sessions below.

  • Building Shopify’s PaaS on KubernetesShopify decided to build a platform as a service (PaaS) to consolidate all its production environments, which span more than 400 servers. In spite of consolidation, having an on-premise PaaS added management and support overhead. Join Shopify’s Karan Thukral to discover how the ecommerce company built this platform to overcome the challenges facing them.
  • Containerization War StoriesPinterest runs tens of thousands of machines and hundreds of microservices on Docker. Hear from Ruth Grace Wong and Rodrigo Menezes as they review Pinterest’s containerization plans and architecture and explain how to mitigate risks to avoid unplanned outages.
  • Distributed Tracing, Lessons Learned: In today’s complex distributed systems, programmers use tracing software to better understand performance, reliability and unexpected behavior. Gina Maini of discusses how the ecommerce company implemented distributed tracing on Kafka and event sourcing using’s own protocols and semantics to maintain site reliability and improve troubleshooting.
  • Monitoring DNS with Open-Source SolutionsJoin Felipe Espinoza and Javier Bustos of NIC Labs as they explain how to build a real-time monitoring system for their DNS service managing 500,000 domain names using open source.

Be sure to also check out VMware’s demo stations at booths #6 and #7 during SREcon. We will be showcasing VMware Pivotal Container Service (PKS), Kubernetes networking with VMware NSX-T and monitoring with Wavefront by VMware.

Stay tuned to the Cloud-Native Apps Blog and follow us on Twitter (@cloudnativeapps) for updates from SREcon.