Config Management Camp 2023 Ghent

What if Infrastructure as Code never existed?
2023-02-06, 09:20–10:10, D Aud

We rewind the clock and ask ourselves: what if Infrastructure as Code never existed? What different solutions might we have come up with to the problems we faced? We’ll leave you full of possibilities about the future.

What if Infrastructure as Code never existed? In this talk, we’ll provide an alternate history of what could have been - by peeling back the layers of assumptions and history, and construct an alternate reality for how to solve the problems we faced. We’ll go from the foundational concepts of modern Configuration Management and Infrastructure as Code, all the way to a vision for how an alternative approach would work, and how it would be dramatically different from today.

Adam Jacob is an engineering and product innovator, with decades of experience designing, building, and managing large production systems. Adam is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of System Initiative.

Adam previously co-founded Chef Software, was the original author of Chef, served as CTO, and on the board of directors. Chef grew out of HJK Solutions, an automated infrastructure consultancy responsible for helping build some of the earliest large-scale production cloud infrastructures. A systems administrator at heart, Adam has also been responsible for internal corporate automation, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance efforts, and a whole lot of systems automation.