The Top 15 DevOps Conferences in 2018

February 16, 2018

Top 15 DevOps Conferences To Attend

2018 is a great year to be in DevOps. With so many emerging technologies and rapid shifts in the adoption of new ecosystems, the cloud, containers, and microservices, it can be difficult to stay on top of the latest developments in software. Attending conferences is the best way to prepare yourself for what’s ahead, but there are hundreds of conferences to choose from. Since Instana wants to make the life of DevOps easier, we created a list of the Top 15 practical DevOps conferences to attend in 2018.

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Date: Various
Location: International

Okay, so DevOpsDays isn’t “A” conference. DevOpsDays is a global series of conferences bringing development, infrastructure, operations, information security, management and leadership professionals together to discuss the culture, processes and tools to enable better DevOps organizations and innovative products. What makes these conferences unique is that each event is held in a different city, hosted by different organizers, and utilize the Open Space concept to deliver individual and collective effectiveness. This year, we expect AI Ops and AI powered monitoring to be a major new topic this year at these shows. Come find our table to see what what we have! Our next DevOpsDays is in Charlotte Thursday and Friday.

Top 15 DevOps Conferences in 2018 Container World

Container World

Date: February 26 – 28, 2018
Location: Santa Clara, CA

Container World is a three day event hosting a full ecosystem discussion around application and open source containers. This year showcases the benefits and future impact of container technology on application and infrastructure teams, and the cloud market. Container World keynotes include leaders of the container movement and organizations that have adopted Cloud Native Technology. The idea is to learn how containers impact deployment speed, systems scale, workload management, security, storage, DevOps, continuous delivery, networking and more. Some of this year’s top speakers include; Jason McGee, VP and CTO of IBM Cloud Platform, and Subbu Allamaraju, VP Cloud of Expedia. Of course, Instana will be at Container World showcasing our AI-powered APM solution and how it monitors containers and the applications running on them.

Top 15 DevOps Conferences in 2018 QCon


Date: Various
Location: International

Upcoming Events:

London, March 5 – 9
Beijing, April 20 – 22
São Paulo, May 9 – 11

QCon is a practitioner-driven conference focused on the innovators and early adopters in software companies. Session topics are designed to help drive innovation and change by looking at patterns and practices in enterprise software. Speakers hail from a broad variety of companies and organizations, including Randy Shoup, VP of Engineering at Stitchfix and Adrian Cockcroft, VP Cloud Architecture Strategy at AWSCloud. We’ve exhibited at QCon in the past, and what attendees have told us they love most about QCon is the opportunity to hear directly from practitioners about what their companies are doing with advances in technology, their challenges, and how they’ve solved them. In London, we’ll be showcasing our AI-powered APM solution for managing dynamic containerized microservice applications.

op 15 DevOps Conferences in 2018 JAX


Date: April 23 – 27, 2018
Location: Mainz, Germany

JAX is a conference for cutting edge Java and Web Development, Software-Architecture and innovative Infrastructures. Renown experts share their professional experiences in Sessions and Power Workshops. JAX focuses on JAVA Core and Enterprise Technologies, Spring Ecosystem, JavaScript, Continuous Delivery and DevOps. Of course, all of these are staples of the classic APM system to manage, so Instana is excited to go and show how even a modern APM can help with classic apps.

op 15 DevOps Conferences in 2018 KubeCon Europe

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon

Date: Various
Location: North America, Europe, Asia

Upcoming Events:

Copenhagen, May 2 – 4
Shanghai, November 14 – 15
Seattle, December 11 – 13

If you’re going cloud native, you’ll want to attend KubeCon + CloudNativeCon. Bringing together leading experts in cloud native applications and computing, containers, microservices, central orchestration processing, this conference showcases a full range of technologies that support the cloud native ecosystem, including Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s hosted projects; Kubernetes, Prometheus, OpenTracing, Fluentd, Linkerd, gRPC, CoreDNS, containerd, rkt, CNI, Envoy, and Jaegar. In case you missed it, Instana recently joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, while becoming a named member of the OpenTracing specification council.

op 15 DevOps Conferences in 2018 Red Hat Summit

Red Hat Summit

Date: May 8 -10, 2018
Location: San Francisco, CA

Red Hat Summit is an annual conference that is all about open source and what can be done with it. In 2018, Red Hat Summit will focus on the endless capabilities of open source and the latest and greatest in cloud computing, platform virtualization, storage and systems management technologies. Having just become a certified Red Hat partner, and being an OpenShift partner, Instana is quite excited to exhibit at this year’s Red Hat Summit, especially as it has moved west to our home town.

op 15 DevOps Conferences in 2018 DevOpsCon


Date: May 28 – 31, 2018
Location: Berlin, Germany

Speaking of home towns, we’ll be making the short trek from Solingen to Berlin for DevOpsCon 2018, the conference for continuous delivery, microservices, Docker, container and cloud technologies. Attendees are offered a glimpse at popular topics such as innovative infrastructure and modern lean business culture through hands-on workshops, sessions and keynotes. My favorite sessions include topics on becoming cloud native, CI/CD for microservices, and serverless architectures, all of which get benefits from automated AI-powered APM. Come see why we are becoming the favorite APM solution of DevOps teams.

op 15 DevOps Conferences in 2018 DockerCon


Date: June 12 – 14, 2018 (San Francisco)
Location: North America and Europe

Held both in North America and Europe, DockerCon is the community and container industry conference for makers and operators of next generation distributed applications built with containers. In addition to great content from practitioner led talks and hands on labs, attendees will enjoy the spontaneous connections among the experts and attendees in between sessions. The learning and networking opportunities are endless. Past speakers include Adrian Mouat from Container Solutions and author of O’Reilly book “Using Docker”; Ben Golub, CEO of Docker; and Chris Aniszczyk, COO of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and VP of Developer Programs at The Linux Foundation. DockerCon offers fun camaraderie as attendees see the future of application development and operations. By the way, in case you missed it, Instana is actually available in the Docker store.

op 15 DevOps Conferences in 2018 DevOps Enterprise Summit

DevOps Enterprise Summit

Date: June 25 – 26, 2018
Location: London, UK

DevOps Enterprise Summit is hosted by IT Revolution and Gene Kim, the multi-award winning CTO, researcher, and author. This conference is for the leaders of large, complex organizations implementing DevOps principles and practices, and delivers insights into the evolving technical practices that define DevOps. The event agenda is designed to give leaders the tools and practices they need to transform their organizations, develop and deploy software faster, and to win in the marketplace. The event is held in both San Francisco and London.

op 15 DevOps Conferences in 2018 Microsoft Ignite

Microsoft Ignite

Date: September 24 – 28, 2018
Location: Orlando, Florida

Drawing a crowd of 30,000 and with over 700 sessions on the agenda, you can always count on Microsoft Ignite to deliver some great content. Past sessions and discussions include topics on continuous integration, continuous delivery, cloud infrastructure, as well as building, deploying and managing web applications powered by containers. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet innovators within the Microsoft community and beyond while exploring the technology of today and tomorrow. Even if you’re looking for information about something specific, like managing the performance of Docker on Azure, then you’ve got to get to Ignite. Plus, who can argue with Orlando in the fall.

op 15 DevOps Conferences in 2018 AWS re:Invent

AWS re:Invent

Date: November 26 – 30, 2018
Location: Las Vegas, NV

AWS re:Invent has become one of the essential conferences to attend, and rightly so. Every year, AWS users make their pilgrimage to Las Vegas to learn about new Cloud / Datacenter technology and product innovations. With over 1,000 (not a typo – one thousand) breakout sessions, boot camps, and hands-on labs. There’s something good for everybody. re:Invent is a fantastic event for all experience levels; even an AWS newbie will walk away with real world AWS knowledge and experience. And fun? Thre are countless unofficial parties, pub crawls, fitness bootcamps (yeah, right), and the unforgetful re:Play extravaganza!

op 15 DevOps Conferences in 2018 SRECon


Date: Various
Location: International

We’re starting to see Site Reliability Engineers at more of our prospects and customers. The SRE is a critical part of future Ops and DevOps teams. SREcon is an international conference organized by the USENIX Association tailored towards engineers interested in site reliability and systems engineering, especially for those that work with complex distributed systems at scale. This year, topics include how to deal with SRE anti-patterns, scaling organizations with microservices, and building successful SRE teams. If you happen to go to an SRECON, please come by and visit the Instana booth and pick up a collectible sticker (that’s right, I said a collectible sticker).

op 15 DevOps Conferences in 2018 AnsibleFest


Date: Various
Location: London, New York, San Francisco

AnsibleFest is a day long conference with the goal of bringing Ansible users and partners together for product updates, industry thought leadership, inspirational talks, technical deep dives, hands on demos and lots of networking. Attends are offered insights, best practices and the connections needed to transform business through IT automation with Ansible. The 2018 schedule of events has yet to be posted, so be sure to check the Ansible website for updates. We’ll keep you apprised of developments, too. As a certified Tech Ready Red Hat Connections Partner, and since we can monitor Ansible and apps that use Ansible, we plan on being at AnsibleFest.

.op 15 DevOps Conferences in 2018 AWS Summit

AWS Global Summit

Date: Various
Location: International

Can’t make it Vegas? Let re:Invent come to you in the form of AWS Global Summits. In addition to their flagship event in Las Vegas, AWS holds over 30 regional summits around the world every year. So if AWS re:Invent just isn’t in the cards for you (Vegas pun, get it?), check out your local AWS Summit. Whether you are new to the cloud or an experienced user, you will learn something new at AWS Summit. Included in the free ticket to the summit are the keynotes, sessions, workshops, bootcamps, solutions expo hall and receptions. You’ll get to see us (and Stan), too. So it’s got that going for it …. which is nice.

op 15 DevOps Conferences in 2018 All Day DevOps

All Day DevOps

Date: October 24, 2018
Location: Online

Dubbed the largest DevOps-specific conference, All Day DevOps is a 24 hour, online and free conference for (can you guess?) the DevOps community! Last year the conference featured 100 sessions across 6 different tracks in all time zones simultaneously. Past track subjects include CI/CD, Modern Infrastructure, Cultural Transformations, Automated Security, and DevOps in Government, while the 6th track is the Tech Crawl where attendees get to go behind the scenes to see what it’s like to work in DevOps in different organizations. I can’t think of a better way to meet Stan, the virtual DevOps assistant and the personification of the AI in our AI-powered APM solution.

Need more inspiration? Check out our DevOps (and other) Events page to see where Instana is headed in 2018.

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