SaltStack intelligent automation and event-driven security at SCaLE 16x

March 5, 2018 - Rhett Glauser

SCaLE 16x will be held this week at the Pasadena Convention Center and SaltStack is proud to be a sponsor for the sixth year in a row. Make sure to find us in the expo hall in booth 526 for SaltStack swag (stickers and fidget spinners) and for an awesome demo of SaltStack intelligent automation for Kubernetes. Or attend one of the several talks highlighted below on SaltStack event-driven automation and security.

This year we have a limited number of complimentary conference passes to give away. If you’d be interested in a comped pass please send a note to with SCaLE 16x pass in the subject line. (We’ve handed out all of the complimentary passes we have left.) Or use the discount code SALT to receive 50% off the registration price here.

In addition to the Salty talks on the agenda, this year at SCaLE 16x our own Gareth Greenaway will demonstrate SaltStack intelligent automation for Kubernetes using a demo kit comprised of 12 Raspberry Pis. One Pi acts as the Salt Master and another is acting as a Kubernetes control node. The rest are Salt Minions and Kubernetes nodes. A scheduled job with a Salt State runs every 30 seconds and changes the number of containers running. The docker_events Salt engine is listening for Docker events on the Salt Master and turning on the LEDs attached to the Pis running the minions. The LED lights indicate the following events and can be seen in the video below:

  • blue = create
  • green = start
  • red = stop
  • purple = destroy

The SCaLE 16x expo hall is open March 9-11 at the following hours:

  • Friday, 2-5pm
  • Saturday, 10am-5pm
  • Sunday, 10am-2pm

SCaLE 16x is the largest community-run open source tech conference and expo in North America with more than 180 presentations and workshops this year. Topics include containers and virtualization, cloud, DevOps, monitoring, security, systems administration and more.

The SCaLE 16x DevOps day is on Friday and make sure to attend these talks on SaltStack intelligent automation and event-driven security:

Event-Driven Automation with SaltStack Reactor and Beacons

Time: Saturday, March 10, 2018 – 18:00 to 19:00
Room: 101
Speaker: David Boucha
Topic: SysAdmin
Abstract: The SaltStack Reactor system drives the autonomous application of SaltStack systems management jobs providing asynchronous, event-driven task execution. Learn how the SaltStack Reactor can help deliver intelligent automation for any infrastructure. We will walk through advanced use cases that highlight the management of extremely efficient systems with SaltStack Beacons to monitor file-system changes, user login and control, and system-event queues. The demo in this session will show how a Beacon event triggers the SaltStack Master for powerful and intelligent automation via the SaltStack Reactor system.

Security and Compliance Auditing with HubbleStack

Time: Saturday, March 10, 2018 – 18:00 to 19:00
Room: Ballroom F
Speaker: Christer Edwards
Topic: Monitoring
Abstract: Adobe Systems engineers built a modular, open-source security and compliance auditing tool named HubbleStack on the SaltStack intelligent automation platform. HubbleStack provides on-demand profile-based auditing, real-time security event notifications, automated remediation, alerting and reporting. Compare HubbleStack v1 (more Salty) and HubbleStack v2 (less Salty) and learn about HubbleStack’s built-in coverage for CIS standards, integration with for deep introspection, real-time file integrity monitoring, and support for Splunk, ELK and Slack reporting endpoints.

What the FOSS Community Can Learn From 80s Television

Time: Sunday, March 11, 2018 – 16:30 to 17:30
Room: Ballroom H
Speaker: Gareth J. Greenaway
Topic: General
Abstract: Growing up in the United States in the 80s the television was very different to what is found on television lately. The shows all had one thing in common, each episode would find the cast of characters focusing on solving one specific crisis. Miraculously by the end of each thirty-minute episode, including commercial breaks, they would have found a solution to the crisis and in the process illustrated an important life lesson to the audience. Gareth Greenaway will look back on many of these lessons and what the free & open source community at large can learn from them. Some of these lessons include: diversity, communication, conflicts with friends, and generally growing up.

openATTIC and DeepSea: Storage Monitoring, Alerting and Trending

Time: Sunday, March 11, 2018 – 16:30 to 17:30
Room: Ballroom F
Speakers: Brian Six, Gokhan Centinkaya
Topic: Monitoring
Abstract: openATTIC and DeepSea introduce rich and powerful monitoring and alerting functionality for Ceph clusters. The functionality is based on analyzing and visualizing time series metrics via the leading open source projects Prometheus and Grafana, integrated with openATTIC—and all deployed seamlessly via Salt and DeepSea. After this presentation, you will understand the architecture, use cases, and minimal configuration. You will know how to leverage our default dashboards, how to create new queries and alert rules, and, of course, how to interpret the data and graphs.