Services as a Platform: Making DevOps Real at Scale

Cloud Native Silicon Valley

Dec 14, 2017, 2:30 – 4:30 AM

In-person event

About this event


6:30 - 7:00 Networking / Snacks & Beverages
7:00 - 7:30 Presentation
7:30 - 8:00 ‘Ask Me Anything’ session with Randy and Robert
8:00 - 8:30 Q&A / Networking


In an era when software is "eating the world," developers rule. Public cloud services understand the economic implications of this trend, and no one more so than Amazon Web Services. The public cloud giant has transformed the way software developers interact with and rely on infrastructure and the services atop that infrastructure.

This talk by early OpenStack pioneer Randy Bias will show how a nascent AWS-inspired movement is changing how an entire industry thinks about the way software developers and infrastructure managers do their jobs. That movement—called "services as a platform" or SaaP—allows developers to use a catalog of composable, reusable components to assemble only the services they need to support each application. Essentially, SaaP lets developers build a customized platform-as-a-service (or PaaS) for each application they deploy.

The implications for this new concept in abstraction are potentially as important as the seismic shift to cloud computing that began a decade ago. Randy will demonstrate that while the industry was arguing about whether AWS was building IaaS or PaaS, it was really building an entirely new concept, SaaP.

The talk will offer an operational definition of SaaP, demonstrate how it is the logical descendant of IaaS and PaaS, articulate how it unlocks new forms of value for developers, operators, and their enterprises, and offer a roadmap for how everyone can use the concepts of SaaP in their own organizations as they move to agile and DevOps methodologies. We will also cover how OpenStack and other open source technologies can be used to develop your own SaaP.

Then we will open up the floor for an “Ask Me Anything” session with Randy, hosted by Robert Starmer.

Attend this talk if you are involved in helping your organization develop strategies and processes to succeed in a software-defined-everything world, or if you want to network with and hear cutting edge thoughts from pioneers, visionaries, and open source experts in our community. AND... do your homework ahead of time and read Randy's thoughtful blog on this topic here.


Randy Bias
Randy is the Vice President of Technology and Strategy for Cloud Software at Juniper Networks. Randy was also a pioneer and early, vocal advocate for the OpenStack project, and has led teams that achieved numerous cloud firsts, including the first public cloud in Korea, the first global carrier NFV cloud, and the first “cattle cloud” for a Fortune 5 company (after popularizing the "pets vs. cattle" meme as a construct for describing the fundamental difference between how enterprise stacks and cloud stacks are managed). As a strategic R&D lead at Dell EMC, Randy also led the open sourcing of several products. Randy Bias is an entrepreneur, writer, speaker and futurist in cloud computing. Find Randy on Twitter @RandyBias.

Robert Starmer 
Robert is the founder and CTO of Kumulus Technologies, a San Francisco Bay area infrastructure-focused DevOps, Systems Reliability Engineering, and Cloud Computing consultancy, where he writes, presents, develops, and educates industry customers on cloud, SRE and DevOps. Robert is also a Certified OpenStack Administrator (COA). Find Robert on Twitter @RStarmer

And find the rest of us on @SFBayAreaOpenStack

Also, visit our SF Bay OpenStack YouTube Channel for past meetup recordings!

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Thursday, December 14, 2017
2:30 AM – 4:30 AM UTC


  • Lisa-Marie Namphy

    Director, Developer Relations

  • John Starmer

    Kumulus Technologies

    Lead Organizer