New for 2018, we're offering hands-on sessions to give attendees the unique opportunity to learn about the newest innovations within the IT industry in an interactive format. At 90 minutes, these run longer than normal conference sessions to allow for in-depth learning and instruction. 

Because of the interactive nature of these sessions, attendance is capped for each, and an RSVP is required. Please find the RSVP link for each hands-on session on its agenda page.

Oleg Chunikhin (CTO, Kublr) | May 3, 8:30-10am

While containers can help to manage complex systems and processes, the tools to manage them come with their own set of challenges. This session will walk through the steps IT and development teams should take to setup a standard DevOps and cluster orchestration platform based on a Kubernetes cluster in AWS. The ultimate goal of such a platform is to allow developers to further improve the efficiency of their work, repurpose work to save time, and focus on the unique business requirements of each project.

This presentation will help developers better understand how modern open source technologies such as Kubernetes, Jenkins, Nexus, and GlusterFS may be used to build a DevOps stack as reliable as other packaged options. The goal of the session is to encourage developers, and the companies they work for, to use open source products and participate more in their upstream development. See more info and RSVP here. 

Ofer Amitai (CEO and Founder, Portnox) | May 2, 1-2:30 pm

This workshop will address how IoT devices can be safely used on the enterprise network, without requiring extensive infrastructural changes. The goal is to give security and IT teams the confidence to integrate IoT devices into their technology stack, while knowing that their network is secure as possible from potential breaches. This workshop will demonstrate how Internet of Things (IoT) devices can be safely integrated into the enterprise network, review best practices for devising network security policies and allow for hands-on activities with real IoT security scenarios that arise in enterprise.

See more info and RSVP here.

Greg Althaus (CTO, RackN) | May 2, 3-4:30pm

Physical Infrastructure is the critical underpinning of every data center; however, it's been very difficult to automate and manage. In this hands on session, we'll review the latest in physical layer automation that uses Cloud Native DevOps processes and tooling to make server (re)provisioning fully automatic. Attendees will be guided through a full automation provisioning cycle using a mix of technologies including Terraform and Digital Rebar. We'll use cloud based physical servers from Packet.net for the test cycle so that attendees get to work with real infrastructure even from the session.

By the end of the session, you'll be able to setup your own data center provisioning infrastructure, create a pool of deployed servers, allocate those servers using Infrastructure as Code processes. Advanced students may be able to create and deploy complete images using locally captured images. See more info and RSVP here.

Jessica Bair (Senior Manager, Advanced Threat Solutions, Cisco) | May 3, 3-4:30pm

This hands-on lab (bring your own laptop) will be an interactive session on the latest ransomware trends, as well as how to defend your enterprise against this threat. Attendees will understand how ransomware operates, what are the attack vectors and what are the commonalities between variants. They will learn the skills to find and track new ransomware with dynamic analysis of behavior, and what is the sophistication of the perpetrators.

This session will explore traits of highly effective strains of self-propagating malware, as well as advances in tools to facilitate lateral movement. See more info and RSVP here.

Cesar Cervantes (Software Developer, HCL Technologies) | May 3, 1-2:30pm

Every day the world becomes more and more connected. It is estimated that by 2020 there will be 50 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices and an estimated 90% of cars will be connected. Taking advantage of IoT, we can build applications that provide a more personalized experience for each individual user by using cognitive services to analyze social networks in combination with physical sensors.

In this hands-on session, attendees will learn how to connect an IoT device to retrieve its data and combine it with cognitive services to personalize the experience in an application. Attendees will develop a frontend mobile/web application that displays relevant information to the user as well as a backend application gathering data from the IoT device. See more info and RSVP here.