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Friday, September 20 • 4:50pm - 5:30pm
Room 2 - Pivot? Or is it? The story of Salt from open automation to IT security. - Thomas Hatch, SaltStack

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Don't call it a pivot. This is the story of the intentional evolution of Salt from open source infrastructure automation tools to the industry's first event-driven SecOps automation platform. Attend this session to get insight into the evolutionary development of SaltStack SecOps, from parts to product to profit, direct from the technical founder and CTO of SaltStack.

Tom created the Salt open source project in 2012 to fill a gap in the infrastructure automation market. He started with a high-speed remote execution engine that would go on to serve as a platform for configuration management, cloud control, and event-driven automation modules among others. What he built was quickly adopted at massive scale by SRE and DevOps teams at organizations like LinkedIn, Hulu, Lyft, and Wikimedia. In 2017 SaltStack released SaltStack Enterprise and in 2019 SaltStack SecOps to provide purpose-built, solution-oriented products for IT operations and security teams. Tom will share insights into the balancing act needed to maintain a vibrant open source project while building revenue-generating enterprise IT security products.


Thomas Hatch

CTO and Technical Founder, SaltStack
Tom is the technical founder of SaltStack and a widely respected authority in automating the work of enterprise IT management and security. The award-winning software Tom created is used by tens of thousands of businesses to manage and secure more than 100 million infrastructure nodes... Read More →

Friday September 20, 2019 4:50pm - 5:30pm PDT
Breakout Room 2