Infrastructure Automation (anti) patterns

Over the past 1.5 decade our industry has tried to adopt an increased amount of infrastructure automation. We called it Configuration Management, Infrastructure as Code, infrastructure as Software, Provisioning, Orchestration. We learned about Desired State, Idempotence, etc.. We have seen a number of tools become popular; we have seen a number of tools disappear. But over the years we have seen a number of patterns appear and reappear. Patterns that lead to actually getting great benefits out of automation, or just wasting time while missing out on goals. This talk will explain you a number of these patterns which we have frequently encountered in the wild, with their benefits and caveats. We will try to keep this tool agnostic. Your vision might be Clouded, and you might have to take this with a grain of Salt while you play the Chef from the Muppet show the story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this production are fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), places, buildings, and products are intended or should be inferred.


  • Kris Buytaert
    Kris Buytaert
    Inuits / o11y

    Kris Buytaert is a long time Linux and Open Source Consultant. He is one of instigators of the devops movement, currently working for Inuits. He is frequently speaking at or organizing different international conferences and has written about the same subjects in different Books, Papers, and Articles. He spends most of his time working on bridging the gap between developers and operations with a strong focus on High Availability, Scalability, Virtualisation and Large Infrastructure Management projects hence trying to build infrastructures that can survive the 10th floor test, better known today as the cloud while actively promoting the devops idea! His blog titled “Everything is a Freaking DNS Problem” can be found at


Jul 19 2022


10:15 - 10:45


Room Barcelona II