Philly ETE 2022 — Cloud Adoption Fails: 5 Ways Deployments Go Wrong and 5 Solutions — Yevgeniy Brikman

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“All happy cloud deployments are alike; each unhappy cloud deployment is unhappy in its own way.” — Leo Tolstoy, Site Reliability Engineer

At Gruntwork, I’ve had the chance to see the cloud adoption journeys of hundreds of companies, from tiny startups to Fortune 50 giants. I’ve seen those journeys go well. I’ve seen those journeys go poorly. I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe… DDos attacks starting fires off the shoulder of Ohio (us-east-2)… I watched C-suite foreheads glitter in the dark near their Fargate bill. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain…

Unless, of course, you attend this talk. Drop by to hear stories of just a few of the ways cloud adoption can go horribly wrong (massive cost overruns, endless death marches, security disasters), and more importantly, learn how you can get it right.

To help you get it right, we looked at the cloud journeys that were successful and extracted from them the patterns they had in common. We distilled all this experience down into something called the Gruntwork Production Framework, which defines five concrete steps you can follow to adopt the cloud at your own company—and hopefully, to end up with your very own happy cloud deployment.

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The Gruntwork Production Framework

About Yevgeniy Brikman

Yevgeniy Brikman is the co-founder of Gruntwork, a company that provides DevOps as a Service. He’s also the author of two books published by O’Reilly Media: Hello, Startup and Terraform: Up & Running. Previously, he spent more than a decade building infrastructure and products that served hundreds of millions of users while working as a software engineer at LinkedIn, TripAdvisor, Cisco Systems, and Thomson Financial. For more info, see

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