OpenInfra Days UK 2019 is a two-day event focusing on four subject areas, loosely arranged into tracks: Open Compute Project (OCP), Scientific Computing, Cloud Native, and OpenStack.

The first day will feature talks and presentations from operators, developers and end users across a number of ecosystems and problem areas including open hardware, container and cluster management software, resource management, automation, scientific and research computing, continuous integration and delivery, and more!

The second day will be hands-on technical workshops for those wishing to learn from recognised subject matter experts in various fields, covering everything from Kubernetes to Zuul CI.

Please refer to the OpenStack Community Code of Conduct for this event.


View the Open Infrastructure Days UK schedule & directory.

Key Speakers

Speakers already confirmed for the event include:

  • Allison Randal

    Allison Randal @allisonrandal

    University of Cambridge

    Allison Randal is a software developer and open source strategist. She is a board member of the Open Source Initiative, board member of the OpenStack Foundation, board member of the Perl Foundation, and co-founder of the FLOSS Foundations group for open source leaders.

  • Thierry Carrez

    Thierry Carrez @tcarrez

    OpenStack Foundation

    Thierry Carrez is the Vice-President of Engineering at the OpenStack Foundation, in charge of the long-term health of the open source projects under the Foundation. A long-time elected member of the OpenStack Technical Committee, he has been a Release Manager for the OpenStack project since its inception, coordinating the effort and facilitating collaboration between contributors.

  • Steve Helvie

    Steve Helvie @stevehelvie

    Open Compute Project

    VP Channel for the Open Compute Project, an open source project started by Facebook in 2011 focused on high efficiency data centre infrastructure. Steve helps to educate organisations on the benefits of open hardware designs, the value of “community-driven” engineering and how to apply the circular economy in the repurposing of hyperscale data centre infrastructure for enterprises. Steve has spent the last 14 years living and working in Asia holding various Leadership and Channel Development roles for companies like Microsoft and Rackspace. He recently moved to London last year to focus on building the EMEA business.

  • Justin Cormack

    Justin Cormack @justincormack


    Justin Cormack is a security engineer at Docker. He maintains many open source projects, including Docker and LinuxKit. He has previously worked in infrastructure, and is interested in the ongoing changes in the infrastructure and operating system spaces, config management and the challenges of scaling out infrastructure effectively.

  • Cheryl Hung

    Cheryl Hung @oicheryl

    Cloud Native Computing Foundation

    Cheryl is the Director of Ecosystem at the CNCF. Her mission is to make end users successful and productive with cloud native technologies such as Kubernetes and Prometheus. In addition to being a prolific public speaker, she founded and runs the Cloud Native London meetup. Previously Cheryl led product management and the DevOps engineering team at a container storage startup. As a software engineer at Google she wrote backend and search infrastructure for Maps. She holds a MA in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge.

  • Graham Whaley

    Graham Whaley @grahamwhaley


    Graham has been working on *nix systems since he first played with Version 7 Unix longer ago than he cares to remember. Having spent many years working on embedded systems and tooling, he has more recently been working within Intel's Opensource Technology Center, focussed on Kata Containers and its forerunners.

  • Monty Taylor

    Monty Taylor @e_monty

    Red Hat

    Monty currently leads the team that works on the Zuul project for CI/CD in Red Hat's CTO Office. He's the founder, core member and past PTL of the OpenStack Infra team which runs CI and developer tooling for OpenStack. He's a past member of both the OpenStack Technical Committee and the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors. Monty is the PTL of the shade/python-openstacksdk project and is the maintainer of the Ansible modules for consuming OpenStack.

  • Stig Telfer

    Stig Telfer @oneswig


    Stig has a background in R&D working for various prominent technology companies, particularly in HPC and software-defined networking. Stig is now CTO for StackHPC, a consultancy specialising in the convergence of cloud, HPC and big data. Stig is also co-chair of the OpenStack Scientific Working Group, a globally-distributed grouping of research institutions using OpenStack for research computing use cases.

  • Steven Armstrong

    Steven Armstrong @Steve9Armstrong

    Just Eat

    A DevOps solution architect, process automation specialist and honours graduate in Computer and Electronic Systems, with a proven track record of streamlining companies development architecture and processes so they can deliver software at pace.

  • Andrew Sheppard

    Andrew Sheppard HMRC Digital


    Andrew has worked in a dev ops environment within HMRC Digital for the past five years, initially heading up one of the tax platform teams, then in 2016 becoming the Platform Product Owner. Last November Andrew became the Interim Head of Digital Operations, of which the tax platform is one domain, and more recently has started another role heading up the IT side of HMRC’s ‘new ways of working’ capability. For the past nine months Andrew has been working to set up a brand new Level 4 DevOps Engineer apprenticeship standard as chair of an Institute for Apprenticeships Trailblazer Group. For several years prior to the move into agile and dev ops, Andrew worked as an enterprise architect and service manager in the waterfall world, which has given him a thorough appreciation of the challenges in getting a large organisation to completely rethink its approach to delivering world class IT infrastructure and services in a constantly evolving cloudscape.

  • Laszlo Budai

    Laszlo Budai /in/laszlobudai


    Laszlo is a seasoned IT consultant and instructor who still remembers the time when Linux was young, and Solaris servers ruled the world, built mission critical telco systems with both OS-es and the related cluster software for several years before changing to the cloud and cloud native world some 4 years ago. He then architected and has been supporting a mission critical Openstack and Ceph based telco system which also uses Docker and Kubernetes. Add to all these his 15 years’ experience in instructing the then newest and hottest technologies for employees of telco vendors and operators throughout Europe, like Istio on this conference.


  • How to install Zuul and configure your first jobs

    How to install Zuul and configure your first jobs

    Monty Taylor

    One of the great things about the OpenStack project is our CI platform, not only does the project do an awesome job ensuring developers have the tools needed for testing, but we also make it possible for downstream users to contribute results back to the system. With the release of Zuulv3 by the OpenStack Infrastructure team, Windmill has been created to help users stand up their own CI infrastructure using Ansible. Not only will we be setting up Windmill to report results back to the OpenStack project but users will also have the ability to see how Zuulv3 works will GitHub

  • Install and Deploy Kata Containers in Kubernetes

    Install and Deploy Kata Containers in Kubernetes

    Graham Whaley

    With the availability of runtimeClass in Kubernetes 1.12+ and the evolution of admission control, users can deploy a spectrum of isolation mechanisms in a single cluster or node. This hands-on tutorial provides an overview of the container runtime landscape (gVisor, Kata Containers, QEMU, Firecracker and runc) and demonstrates how to effectively deploy Kata Containers in a cluster using runtimeClass and admission controllers to selectively apply chosen isolation mechanisms.

  • Istio 101: A 3-hour quickstart on Istio

    Istio 101: A 3-hour quickstart on Istio

    Laszlo Budai

    Moving applications to the cloud brings new challenges for both developers and operators. Developers will use microservices to build their applications, while operators will need to manage large numbers of microservices deployments. Istio will reduce the complexity of such microservices by providing a service mesh that can transparently integrate into existing distributed applications and provides a way to securely connect and monitor microservices. In this workshop first we will discuss the architecture of Istio, then we will install it into an existing Kubernetes cluster. Once we have Istio in place, we will deploy a sample application and will have a look at some of Istio's functionalities.

  • Kubernetes Administration 101: from Zero to (junior) Hero

    Kubernetes Administration 101: from Zero to (junior) Hero

    Graham Jones

    You already know Openstack and some Docker but are new to Kubernetes? This half-day long hands-on training is for you to give a boost to your career by learning the main concepts and basic administration tasks of the massively popular open source container orchestrator, based on Google’s 15 years’ experience of managing planet scale production workloads. Main topics are: Linux container and Kubernetes Intro with an emphasis on the Kubernetes architecture; Workloads featuring Pods and Deployments; Accessing applications using the Services abstraction.

  • OpenStack Upstream Institute

    OpenStack Upstream Institute

    Kendall Nelson

    Openstack Upstream Institute teaches new members of the community all the basics they need to know to get started from community structure to the tools we use to collaborate. This abridged version will cover the creation of accounts, setup of a development environment, and how to respond to code reviews so that you can start pushing patches by the end of the workshop and get all your questions answered in one place.


Etc.Venues, 200 Aldersgate, St. Paul's EC1A 4HD. , England

Advisory Team

A number of people have played a significant role in helping to get this event up and running, these include:


OpenInfra Days UK

Open Infrastructure Days UK brings together hundreds of IT decision makers, cloud operators and technology providers to discuss cloud computing and learn about open source cloud software in central London.

The meteoric rise of open source cloud software has catalysed a paradigm shift in the infrastructure and broader IT industry with vendors, operators, and integrators collaborating together in order to drive business value through quality of service. This approach accelerates innovation and broadens adoption, in turn creating a wide range of new opportunities.

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