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The best DevOps conferences of 2019

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John P. Mello Jr., Freelance writer

Whether you just started your DevOps journey or are already practicing its principles, this list of conferences is indispensable. Every team's DevOps implementation is different, so it's important to know your specific requirements and see how teams like yours are following DevOps best practices.

The conferences below will keep you up to date on the latest DevOps, cloud, and container management practices while helping you build a network of DevOps practitioners who can show you how to implement specific DevOps practices in your own organization.

Our shortlist of the most popular DevOps (and container) conferences of 2019 follows. Not all dates, locations, and pricing were available at publication time, especially for events taking place later in the year. In those cases, we provided historical information about the event to give you an idea of what to expect and what you'll get out of attending—and we'll continue to update this list throughout the year.

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January

Microsoft Ignite|The Tour

Twitter: @MS_Ignite / #MSIgnite
Web: microsoft.com/en-ca/ignite-the-tour/toronto
Date: January 10-11
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Cost: Free; registration required 

Microsoft is taking its popular Ignite conference on the road this year, offering developers and tech professionals a venue to explore the latest developer tools and cloud technologies. Attendees will also learn new ways to code, optimize cloud infrastructure, and modernize an organization with deep technical training.

Other cities on the tour are Washington, DC; Singapore; Sydney, Australia; Hong Kong; Seoul, South Korea; Mumbai, India; Tel Aviv, Israel; Johannesburg, South Africa; Milan, Italy; London, UK; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Dubai, UAE; Stockholm, Sweden; São Paulo, Brazil; and Mexico City, Mexico.

Who should attend: Microsoft developers

Agile, Testing & DevOps Showcase

Twitter: @UNICOMSeminars 
Web: conference.unicom.co.uk/showcases/2019/amsterdam/
Date: January 31
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Cost: €295-€495 (time-sensitive discounts available)

This conference has two tracks—an agile/DevOps track and a testing track—with keynotes, talks, and roundtable sessions. Keynotes focus on constraints on collaboration among business, development, operations, and testing, as well as problems with agile scaling.

The agile track includes a talk on the seven habits of effective DevOps, and in the testing track there's a talk on testing software that uses blockchain. Themes of roundtable sessions, which last 45 minutes, include implementing automation and SAFe, moving with flow-based awareness in agile and DevOps, running tests at each stage of the software delivery pipeline, and doing mob programming.

Who should attend: Anyone interested in the business value of DevOps, as well as developers, DevOps engineers, operations professionals, security professionals, and software architects

DevOps Days

Twitter: @devopsdays / #devopsdays
Web: devopsdays.org
Date: January-November
Locations: Over 30 locations worldwide
Cost: Varies, but typically in the $100-$200 range

This conference series, originally launched in Ghent, Belgium, in 2009, is run by volunteers whose target audience is front-line engineers and their managers. The core team of organizers includes DevOps luminaries such as Patrick Debois and Damon Edwards, who assist local organizers with their events worldwide.

Topics often include automation, testing, security, and organizational culture. Since the sponsoring group is decentralized, local organizers handle their own sponsorships, registration, and all other management tasks. For questions about a specific event, contact local organizers.

Who should attend: Developers, operations professionals, and managers

February

Config Management Camp

Twitter: @cfgmgmtcamp / #cfgmgmtcamp
Web: cfgmgmtcamp.eu
Date: February 4-6
Location: Ghent, Belgium
Cost: Free

This conference, aimed at IT professionals interested in adopting, improving, and using open-source configuration management frameworks, includes includes community rooms, hackspaces, training sessions, workshops, and keynotes. Several "fringe" events that take place on the last day of the conference take forum-goers on a deeper dive into topics and technologies discussed during the main event.

Who should attend: Technologists interested in adopting, improving, and using open-source software and frameworks for managing configuration, infrastructure, containers, clouds, virtualization, serverless, and security

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March

QCon London

Twitter: @QCon, @qconlondon
Web: qconlondon.com, qconferences.com
Date: Conference, March 4-6; workshops, March 7-8
Location: London, UK
Cost: Conference, £1,869; workshops, £545-£1,040 (time-sensitive discounts available for conference, workshops, or combinations of both)

QCon's workshops and conference sessions are conducted by engineers, practitioners, and team leads, and not evangelists, trainers/coaches, or consultants. Topics focus on innovators and early adopters in software companies.

In addition to the London event, 2019 QCon conferences will be held in Beijing, China, April 23-27; São Paulo, Brazil, May 6-8; New York City, New York, USA, June 24-28; Shanghai, China, October 17-19; and San Francisco, California, November 11-15.

Who should attend: Developers, technical team leads, software architects, engineering directors, and project managers

 

Agile India 2019

Twitter: @agileindia / #AgileIndia2019
Web: confengine.com/agile-india-2019
Date: March 17-23
Location: Bengaluru
Cost: Conference, Rs. 9,500 to Rs. 36,000; workshops Rs. 7,000 to Rs. 65,000

Agile India bills itself as Asia's largest conference on leading edge software development methods. It's hosted by the Agile Alliance and organized by the Agile Software Community of India. The forum includes an agile coach camp and workshops before the start of the event and more workshops after it's finished. Each day focuses on a theme, including agile mindset day, business agility day, design innovation day, and continuous delivery and DevOps day.

Who should attend: Developers, agile practitioners, consultants, software engineers, thought leaders, DevOps team members and leaders, line-of-business managers, project managers, business analysts, programmers, testers, Q&A practitioners, UX designers.

DevOps Talks Conference

Twitter: @DevOpsTalks
Web: devopstalks.com/au/devops.html
Date: Workshops, March 19-20; conference, March 21-22
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Cost: A$1,013.63 (time-sensitive discounts available)

The DevOps Talks Conference aims to attract leaders, engineers, and architects who are practicing DevOps in startups and leading-edge enterprise companies. Typically, attendees are running complex transformations through DevOps in large- and medium-sized organizations. Presentations at the forum are technical and go in-depth on the issues companies face as they try to implement DevOps. A sister conference takes place in Auckland, New Zealand.

Who should attend: CTOs, DevOps engineers, security professionals, managers, software architects, and developers

Netdev 0x13

Twitter: @netdev01 / #netdev
Web: netdevconf.org/0x13/
Date: March 20-22
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Cost: TBA

This technical conference on Linux networking is organized by the NetDev Society, a Canadian nonprofit. The focus is on Linux kernel networking and user space utilization of the interfaces to the Linux kernel networking subsystem. If you are using Linux as a boot system for proprietary networking, then this conference may not be for you. 

Who should attend: Members of the Linux community, network engineers, and security professionals

DevSecOps Days

Twitter: @DevSecOpsDays
Web: devsecopsdays.com/2019-devsecopsdays-london
Date: March 22
Location: London, UK
Cost: £49 to £89 (Time-sensitive discounts available)

This conference series forgoes vendor pitches and on-stage product demos in favor of full-day of sessions. Practitioners present on their DevSecOps experiences and how forum goers can take those lessons learned and use them in their own DevSecOps cultural transformations.  DevSecOps Days events will also be held in San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Denver, Istanbul, and Singapore.

Who should attend: Developers, DevSecOps practitioners

SRE Con Americas

Twitter: @SREcon / #SREcon
Web: usenix.org/conference/srecon19americas
Date: March 25-27
Location: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Cost (2018): $950-$1,100

The SRE conferences are a series of forums for site reliability engineers. The forums focus on resilience, reliability, and performance in complex distributed systems. This year's theme will be comprehension, understandability, and predictability.

In 2018, the conference had over 700 attendees from over 230 companies, with backgrounds ranging from small startups to tech giants with tens of thousands of employees, to finance and other companies that were adopting or expanding SRE in their organizations.

In addition to the Americas conference, Usenix sponsors events in Dublin, Ireland, and Singapore.

Who should attend: SREs, software architects, and developers

April

GOTO Chicago

Twitter: @GOTOcon, @GOTOchgo
Web: gotochgo.com
Date: April 28-May 2
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Cost: $595-$2,385

GOTO conferences are developer-organized, with an emphasis on what has recently become relevant and interesting for the software development community. In addition to the Chicago event, GOTO conferences will be held in 2019 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 11-14; Berlin, Germany, October 30-November 2; and Copenhagen, Denmark, November 19-23.

Who should attend: Developers, operations professionals, software architects, and managers

PowerShell and DevOps Global Summit

Twitter: @PSHSummit / @PSHOrg
Web: powershell.org/summit/
Date: April 29-May 2
Location: Bellevue, Washington, USA
Cost: $1,585

This conference is all about Microsoft's PowerShell automation and configuration tool. It features PowerShell product team members, Microsoft MVPs, developers, sysadmins, PowerShell community members, and other experts doing deep dives on this topic and on DevOps principles and practices.

This year's event will have more intermediate-level content and an OnRamp Track for entry-level attendees. The forum is organized by PowerShell.org, which is part of the DevOps Collective nonprofit corporation.

Who should attend: Developers and Windows system administrators

DockerCon US

Twitter: @DockerCon
Web: docker.com/dockercon/...conference
Date: April 29-May 2
Location: San Francisco, California, USA
Cost (2018): $930-$1,150; workshops, $150 each

DockerCon is a multi-track conference sponsored by Docker that focuses on its platform and ecosystem. The conference includes keynotes, workshops, hands-on labs, and a "hallway track" where conference-goers can meet up with like-minded people to share ideas . Thow family-friendly forum offers childcare services for attendees and activities for spouses.

Who should attend: Developers, DevOps engineers, CxOs, and managers

May

Continuous Lifecycle London

Twitter: @ConLifecycleLon / #CLL19 / #Continuouslifecycle
Web: continuouslifecycle.london
Date: May 14-16
Location: London, UK
Cost: £600 (time-sensitive discounts available)

This conference takes a holistic approach to exploring continuous delivery, DevOps, containers, and serverless topics. It includes three tracks, several practical workshops, and features about 40 experts who will share their real-world experiences.

Who should attend: Development heads, architects, developers, CTOs, engineers, Devops, tool specialists, infrastructure specialists, and QA specialists

Jax DevOps

Twitter: @jaxdevops / #jaxdevops
Web: devops.jaxlondon.com
Date: May 14-17
Location: London, UK
Cost: £399-£699, plus VAT

Described by its organizers as a conference for continuous delivery, microservices, Docker, and cloud computing, Jax DevOps features experts with in-depth knowledge of the latest technologies and methodologies for lean businesses. The forum focuses on accelerated delivery cycles and increased delivery quality.

Who should attend: Developers, DevOps engineers, software architects, and managers

Interop ITX

Twitter: @interop / #Interop
Web: interop.com
Date: May 20-23
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Cost: All access, $2,499; summit and workshops, $1,699; conference, $1,699; and tech fair, $49

A venerable tech conference, Interop delves into topics such as application deployment, cloud computing, collaboration, networking, IT leadership, security, software-defined networking, storage, virtualization, data center architecture, and mobility. The forum offers five tracks: Infrastructure, security, emerging tech, DevOps, and IT strategy.

Who should attend: CEOs, CTOs, CIOs, developers, software architects, site reliability engineers, and system architects

GlueCon

Twitter: @gluecon / #glucon
Web: gluecon.com
Date: May 22-23
Location: Broomfield, Colorado, USA
Cost: $795 (early bird registration)

GlueCon has both a software engineering and DevOps focus. It explores how the technology landscape is being changed by serverless architectures, containers, microservices, APIs, DevOps, mobile, analytics, performance monitoring, blockchain applications, and cutting-edge developer platforms and tools.

Who should attend: Software architects, developers, mobile developers and architects, DevOps engineers, enterprise and startup executives, and team managers

ChefConf

Twitter: @chef / @ChefConf/ #chefconf
Web: chefconf.chef.io
Date: May 20-24
Location: Seattle
Cost: $995-$1,295 (unconfirmed for 2019)

ChefCon covers DevOps topics with a focus on the open-source configuration management tool Chef.

Who should attend: Anyone interested in DevOps and continuous automation

June

Agile + DevOps West

Twitter: @TechWell
Web: bscwest.techwell.com/program/interests/software-quality-testing
Date: June 2-7
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Cost: Training and conference packages range from $1,595 to $3,995 (time-sensitive discounts available)

Agile + DevOps West offers a full menu of conference services, including talks from recognized subject-matter experts and training and certification classes the day before the official conference begins. There's also an expo for discovering the latest solutions for testing, and half- and full-day tutorials on various subjects. The conference runs in parallel with Agile Dev West and DevOps West.

Who should attend: Software managers, developers, testers, and QA practitioners

 

Monitorama PDX

Twitter: @Monitorama / #monitorama
Web: monitorama.com
Date: June 3-5
Location: Portland, Oregon, USA
Cost: $700 (unconfirmed for 2019)

As its name implies, Monitorama focuses strictly on software and infrastructure monitoring. It has only one track so that attendees have a cohesive, unified experience and don't suffer from "choice overload," its organizers say. The organizers say that they strive to create an atmosphere of inclusiveness among attendees, all of whom founder Jason Dixon hopes to make feel welcome.

Who should attend: Developers, operations professionals, DevOps engineers, testers, QA practitioners, and site reliability engineers

Velocity Conference

Twitter: @velocityconf / #VelocityConf
Web: conferences.oreilly.com/velocity/vl-ca
Date: June 10-13
Location: San Jose, California, USA
Cost: N/A

Velocity focuses on real-world best practices for building, deploying, and running complex, distributed applications and systems. It includes keynote speeches, training courses, tutorials, and technical sessions, as well as an exhibit hall featuring the latest tools and products. Expect to experience a technical, performance-minded, operations-centric conference where developers, operations management pros, and designers converge.

Who should attend: Site reliability engineers, software architects, developers, DevOps engineers, academics, CxOs, and operations managers

DevOpsCon

Twitter: @devops_con / #DevOpsCon
Web: devopsconference.de
Date: June 11-14
Location: Berlin, Germany
Cost: €413-€1,979 (discounts available)

This conference, held in German and English, includes an expo floor and addresses topics such as continuous delivery, microservices, Docker, cloud computing, container technology, lean business concepts, and shorter delivery cycles. It features more than 50 workshops, keynotes, and sessions.

Who should attend: Developers, software architects, IT Ops, and CxOs

DevOps Enterprise Summit Europe

Twitter: @DOES_EUR / @DOES_USA / #DOES19
Web: events.itrevolution.com/eur/
Date: June 25-27
Location: London, UK
Cost: £600-£800, plus VAT (time-sensitive discounts available)

DevOps Enterprise Summit is aimed at leaders of large, complex organizations that are implementing DevOps principles and practices. The conference's programming emphasizes both evolving technical and architectural practices and the methods needed to lead widespread change efforts in large organizations. The goal is to give leaders the tools and strategies they need to develop and deploy software faster.In addition to the London event, another forum is held in the U.S. in the fall.

Who should attend: Developers, operations professionals, CxOs, software architects, and systems and network administrators

August

DevOps World / Jenkins World

Twitter: @devopsworldconf
Web: cloudbees.com/devops-world
Date: August 12-15
Location: San Francisco, California, USA
Cost (2018): General admission, $1,199; federal and non-profit employees, $1,079.10 

Jenkins World focuses on anything relevant to Jenkins, the most popular open-source continuous integration engine. The conference is the largest gathering of Jenkins users, attracting more than 2,000 fans of the technology from all over the world. Content covers Jenkins, DevOps, cloud, process design, automated testing, performance measurement, security, and more. In addition to conference talks, you'll find Jenkins and DevOps sessions, workshops, training, and certification.

Who should attend: CxOs, managers, developers, DevOps practitioners, and Jenkins users and partners

September

DevOps Talk Conference

Twitter: @DevOpsTalks
Web: devopstalks.com/sydney/devops.html
Date: September 10-11
Location: Sydney, Australia
Cost: AU$799.33 to AU$899.18; AU$1,149.39 to AU$1,199, conference and September 12 workshop  (group discounts available)

This conference has been created as a hub for anyone involved in DevOps practices and transformations, as well as advanced architecture implementations and tools development. Talks at the 2019 conference include combating the seven deadly diseases of organizational behavior, barriers to providing value to internal customers, and how to use Kubernetes as a database.

Who should attend: DevOps leaders, engineers and architects

DevSecCon Seattle

Twitter: @devseccon
Web: devseccon.com/seattle-2019
Date: September 16-17
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
Cost: $249 to $495 (time-sensitive discounts available)

This conference is focused on implementing security in the overall development process, from the supply chain to the customer experience. Sessions cover topics ranging from security automation and secure development to threat modeling and serverless and container security. A European edition of the conference is being held in London in November.

Who should attend: DevSecOps and IT security professionals.

AnsibleFest

Twitter: @ansible / #ansiblefest
Web: ansible.com/ansiblefest
Date : September 24-26
Location : Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Cost: $1,049 to $1,200

Red Hat's Ansible is an open-source framework for configuration management and automation (infrastructure as code). AnsibleFest brings together members of the Ansible community to share information and learn about the latest developments. Two AnsibleFest events are held each year, usually in the summer and fall. Both offer content for a wide spectrum of Ansible users. You can find presentations from past events posted online.

Who should attend: Ansible users, developers, and operations professionals

CloudNative London

Twitter: @skillsmatter 
Web: beta.skillsmatter.com/conferences/11723-cloudnative-london-2019
Date: September 25-27
Location: London, UK 
Cost: $1,195 (time-sensitive discounts available)

This conference covers everything cloud-native, from containers and schedulers to Kubernetes and DevOps. Forum organizers offer a diversity scholarship plan to support those from traditionally underrepresented or marginalized groups who may not normally have the opportunity to attend the event. To get a better idea of what to expect, view videos from last year's conference for free here.

Who should attend: Developers, site reliability engineers, system and network architects, software engineers, CEOs, and CTOs

October

LISA

Twitter: @LISAConference / #LISA19
Web: usenix.org/node/219273
Date: October 28-30
Location: Portland, Oregon, USA
Cost: $$1,055 to $1.205 (time-sensitive discounts available)

The LISA conference positions itself as a vendor-neutral meeting place for the systems administration community, with a heavy training focus. It's organized by Usenix, the Advanced Computing Systems Association, and LISA (Large Installation Systems Administration). The Usenix.org website includes numerous videos from previous LISA conferences.

Who should attend: System administrators, developers, network engineers, and software architects

DevOps Enterprise Summit (DOES) Las Vegas

Twitter: @DOES_USA / #DOES19
Web: events.itrevolution.com/us
Date: October 28-30
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Cost: $1,400 to $1,975 (time-sensitive discounts available)

DOES is more than just a conference about technical and architectural DevOps practices. The event also covers the methods needed to lead widespread change efforts in large organizations. The goal is to give leaders the tools and practices they need to develop and deploy software faster. Attendees can expect to see speakers from many large companies and also engage in ad hoc discussions within a great community and learning environment.

 

​​​​​​Who should attend: Leaders of large, complex organizations implementing DevOps or agile principles and practices; developers; IT operations specialists; CxOs; software architects; and systems and network admins

November

Microsoft Ignite

Twitter: @MS_Ignite / #MSIgnite
Web: www.microsoft.com/en-us/ignite
Date: November 2-8
Location: Orlando, Florida, USA

Cost: $2,395

Microsoft created Ignite in 2014 to consolidate several smaller conferences: Microsoft Management Summit, Microsoft Exchange Conference, SharePoint Conference, Lync Conference, Project Conference, and TechEd.

Ignite covers architecture, deployment, implementation and migration, development, operations and management, security, access management and compliance, and usage and adoption. Although it's organized by Microsoft and focuses on its products, it also draws more than 100 vendors that participate in the expo and as speakers.

Who should attend: Microsoft developers

Agile + DevOps East

Twitter: @TechWell / #AgileDevOpsCon
Web: agiledevopseast.techwell.com
Date: November 3-8
Location: Orlando, Florida, USA
Cost: Tutorial and conference packages, $1,595 to $4,695

Formerly called Better Software East, this TechWell conference is focused on software quality professionals. But compared to the STAR conferences, it covers a broader range of topics across the entire software development lifecycle. Topics include digital transformation, project management, planning, metrics, career and professional development, requirements and user stories, software quality and testing, architecture and design, and development and testing frameworks.

Who should attend: Software and test managers, IT directors, QA managers and analysts, test practitioners and engineers, development managers, developers, and CTOs

 

O'Reilly Velocity Conference

Twitter: @clouddatasummit

Web: conferences.oreilly.com/velocity/vl-eu

Date: November 4-7

Location: Berlin, Germany

Cost: €745 to €1,095, plus VAT (time-sensitive discounts available)

Velocity focuses on cloud-native systems and is devoted to cloud native infrastructure, DevOps, Kubernetes, and more. In addition to keynote presentations, the forum offers training courses and tutorials on subjects such as building cloud native applications and fast tracking chaos engineering, as well as technical sessions covering both practical and emerging issues.

Who should attend: Systems and site reliability engineers; systems architects; application developers; DevOps practitioners; researchers and academics; teams engaged in operations, infrastructure, and cloud ecosystems; CTOs and CIOs seeking to streamline operations

KubeCon/CloudNativeCon

Twitter: @kubeconio,  
Web:
events.linuxfoundation.org/events/kubecon-cloudnativecon-north-america-2019/
Date: November 18-21
Location: San Diego, California, USA

Cost:  corporate, $1,250 to $1,550; individual, $600 to $800; academic, $150 (time-sensitive discounts available)

KubeCon and CloudNativeCon are a single conference sponsored by the Linux Foundation and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). The conference brings together leading contributors in cloud-native applications, containers, microservices, and orchestration. The conference also focuses on open-source projects, including Kubernetes, Prometheus, OpenTracing, Fluentd, Linkerd, gRPC, CoreDNS, containerd, rkt, and CNI.

Who should attend: Application developers, IT operations staff, technical managers, line-of-business leaders, end users, service providers, CNCF community ambassadors, CNCF contributors, and people looking to learn more about cloud-native computing

Machine Learning for DevOps Summit Houston

Twitter: @teamrework
Web: re-work.co/events/machine-learning-for-devops-summit-2018 
Date (2018): November 29-30
Location (2018): Houston, Texas, USA
Cost (2018): $495 (student, academic) to $1,895

This two-track conference focuses on the use of machine learning to improve DevOps practices. In 2018, the forum had 60 speakers from companies including Capital One, Spotify, Adobe, Google, and Walmart. Presentation topics included "Using Data to Infer Deployment Profiles for Cloud Applications," "Deploying Scalable ML Models in the Enterprise," "Machine Learning with Kubernetes," and "AI DevOps for Large-Scale 3D Audio Experiences."

Who should attend: Developers, data scientists, DevOps specialists, IT decision makers, and anyone interested in combining DevOps practices with machine learning

December

DevOps World / Jenkins World

Twitter: @devopsworldconf
Web: cloudbees.com/devops-world/lisbon
Date: December 3-5
Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Cost: €800 to €1,100 (time-sensitive discounts available)

Jenkins World focuses on anything relevant to Jenkins, the most popular open-source continuous integration engine. The conference attracts more than 700 fans of Jenkins from all over the world. Content covers Jenkins, DevOps, cloud, process design, automated testing, performance measurement, security, and more.

Who should attend: CxOs, managers, developers, DevOps practitioners, and Jenkins users and partners

 

Keep checking back; we'll update this guide as more information becomes available.

Mark your calendars and make your choices soon. Prices may vary based on how early you register. Also, remember that hotel and travel costs are generally separate from the conference pricing.

What are your favorite conferences and why? Post your comments below, and let us know if there are any other events or conferences we missed.

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