Basel, Switzerland
October 10–11, 2018
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Thursday, October 11 • 14:50 - 15:20
Panel: Practising a Massive Public Disaster - How to Mitigate Risk When You Can’t Afford to Fail - Zenon Hannick, Armakuni, Deborah Wood, James Wynne, & Chisara Nwabara, Pivotal

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Each year, Comic Relief raises tens of millions of pounds to fight poverty. A few minutes of downtime during the annual TV event could mean missing out on millions of pounds to help those that need it most. For Sport Relief 2018 the platform was using Kubernetes for the first time. Hear how the app developers and operations teams ran extensive fire drills to practice troubleshooting across various layers of the stack under extreme load. Practising massive system failure built confidence in both team’s ability to support the event and ensure minimal time to recovery in case of disaster. Building, scaling and running a mission-critical multi-region multi-foundation solution is not for the faint-hearted or hero engineers; hear how collaboration across teams and the full platform stack allowed us to overcome the fear factor and avoid familiar pitfalls.


Zenon Hannick

COO, Armakuni
Zenon has worked in many different technology roles across financial services, startups and the third sector. At Comic Relief he previously led the rebuild of the On The Night Donations platform to allow for peaks of 500 concurrent donations a second in order to facilitate the collection... Read More →
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Chisara Nwabara

R&D Technical Program Manager, Pivotal
Chisara is a Service & Product Specialist experienced helping enterprises across diverse industries and stages of development improve their operational performance and capabilities through the application of evidence-based project management methodologies. As Pivotal’s Research... Read More →
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Debbie Wood

Product Manager, Pivotal
Deborah is the Product Manager for Cloud Operations in Europe, Pivotal. Together with her team she supports the production platform for the Pivotal Tracker application, advocates for the use of Site Reliability Engineering, and supports Pivotal product teams in feedback & improvements... Read More →
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James Wynne

Staff Software Engineer, Pivotal
James is a Staff Engineer with Pivotal Cloudops-EU. His day job is to keep the foundation hosting Pivotal Tracker running. He has 20 years of experience in support, infrastructure and operations. Mostly in the mobile wireless space, but has also worked in aviation, media and financial... Read More →

Thursday October 11, 2018 14:50 - 15:20 CEST
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