Fast and Furious: Configuration Drift

Posted on Saturday, Mar 29, 2014
One of the key technologies to help automate your DevOps environment is Configuration Management. There’s a lot of chatter around what exactly this means, and how you can use it. Special panel guests Sean OMeara, Chris Webber, and Steven Murawksi join Matt and Trevor to talk about how Config Management can make your systems and stack more stable, predictable, and more fun to manage.

Show Notes


Sean O'Meara

Sean O'Meara

Sean has been working at Chef since 2011. He spent most of that time as a consultant, traveling around the world helping customers automate their infrastructures. Before that, he was a Puppet user, and before that, a CFEngine user. He currently manages the Chef Cookbooks project.

Chris Webber

Chris Webber

Chris is a Certified Puppet Professional and has been using Puppet since early 2008. Chris is a Senior Infrastructure Engineer at Demand Media supporting sites such as,, and In addition to work, he is the maintainer of and a co-host of the podcast Ops All The Things. As a father of two little girls and a husband, Chris is always looking for better ways to keep infrastructure running smoothly. You can find Chris on twitter as @cwebber or lurking in #puppet as cwebber.


Matt Stratton

Matt Stratton (he/him)

Matty Stratton is the Director of Developer Relations at Aiven, a well-known member of the DevOps community, and a global organizer of the DevOpsDays set of conferences.

Matty has over 20 years of experience in IT operations and is a sought-after speaker internationally, presenting at Agile, DevOps, and cloud engineering focused events worldwide. Demonstrating his keen insight into the changing landscape of technology, he recently changed his license plate from DEVOPS to KUBECTL.

He lives in Chicago and has three awesome kids, whom he loves just a little bit more than he loves Diet Coke.

Trevor Hess

Trevor Hess

Trevor Hess is a Senior Product Manager at Progress Software working on Chef Software. He currently works on the Chef Application Delivery, Compliance and Infrastructure offerings.

Coming from a background in .NET Software Development and consulting, he has worked with several large multinational organizations to help kick start their journey to the cloud and the world of DevOps practices and principals. He is excited to engage in new experiences, and learning opportunities.

Trevor enjoys having hearty discussions about DevOps as well organizational change and transformation.