The best DevOps conferences of 2018

Whether you  just started your DevOps journey or are already practicing its principles, this list of conferences is indispensable. Every team's DevOps implementation is a little different, so it's important to know your specific requirements and see how  teams like yours are following DevOps principles.

The conferences below will keep you up to date on the latest DevOps and container management practices while helping you build a network of DevOps practitioners who can show you how to implement certain DevOps practices in your own organization.

Our shortlist of the most popular DevOps (and container) conferences in 2018 follows. Not all dates, locations, and pricing were available at publication time, especially for events taking place later in the year. In those cases, we provided historical information on the event to give you an idea of what to expect and what you'll get out of attending. Keep checking back; we'll update this guide as more information becomes available.

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January

DevOps Showcase Amsterdam

Twitter: @UNICOMSeminars / #unicomdevops / #DevOpsShowcaseAmsterdam
Web: conferences.unicom.co.uk/devops-showcase-amsterdam-2018
Date: January 25
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Cost: €475-€625

Organized by Unicom Seminars, this one-day conference is designed to connect every layer of an organization, including business owners, architects, designers, developers, quality assurance testers, operations people, security pros, partners, and suppliers. The conference covers the latest implementations of DevOps and different ways to build a case for it within organizations. The conference also covers trending topics such as ChatOps, microservices, container orchestration, and secure DevOps.

Who should attend: Any roles interested in the business value of DevOps, developers, DevOps engineers, operations professionals, security professionals, software architects

February

DevOps Days

Twitter: @devopsdays / #devopsdays
Web: devopsdays.org
Date: February-July; October-November
Locations: Over 30 locations worldwide
Cost: Varies, but typically in the $100-$200 range

This conference series, which began in Ghent, Belgium, in 2009, is run by volunteers whose target audience is front-line engineers and their managers. The core team of organizers includes DevOps luminaries such as Patrick Debois and Damon Edwards, who assist local organizers with their events worldwide. Topics often include automation, testing, security, and organizational culture. Since the sponsoring group is decentralized, local organizers handle their own sponsorships, registration, and all other management tasks. For questions about a specific event, contact local organizers.

Who should attend: Developers, operations professionals, and managers

Config Management Camp

Twitter: @cfgmgmtcamp / #cfgmgmtcamp
Web: cfgmgmtcamp.eu
Date: February 5-7
Location: Ghent, Belgium
Cost: Free

This conference is aimed at IT professionals interested in adopting, improving, and using open-source configuration management frameworks. The event includes community rooms, hackspaces, training sessions, workshops, and keynotes. A number of "fringe" events are available on the last day of the conference that help forum-goers take a deeper dive into topics and technologies talked about at the main event.

Who should attend: People interested in open-source configuration management, developers, operations professionals, and managers

March

QCon London

Twitter: @QCon, @qconlondon
Web: qconlondon.com
Date: Conference, March 5-7; workshops, March 8-9
Location: London, UK
Cost: Conference, £1,569-£2,829; workshops, £545-£1,040

QCon's workshops and conference sessions are conducted by engineers, practitioners, and team leads, and not evangelists, trainers/coaches, or consultants. Topics focus on innovators and early adopters in software companies. In addition to the London event, 2018 QCon conferences will be held in Beijing, China, April 20-22; São Paulo, Brazil, May 9-11; New York City, New York, USA, June 25-29; Shanghai, China, October 18-20; and San Francisco, California, USA, November 5-9.

Who should attend: Developers, technical team leads, software architects, engineering directors, and project managers

Pipeline Conf

Twitter: @PipelineConf / #pipelineconf / #ContinuousDelivery
Web: pipelineconf.info
Date: March 20
Location: London, UK
Cost: £250

Pipeline is an annual one-day conference that focuses on continuous delivery. In addition to multiple conference tracks and keynote speeches, the event includes lightning talks and open sessions where attendees propose, schedule, and host sessions about experiences they want to share. Conference organizers promote diversity at the event. The planning committee is made up of an equal number of men and women, and efforts are made to encourage the attendance of women at the forum. The event is also known for its food quality, with a menu for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians, as well as dietary offerings such as vegan, kosher, and halal.

Who should attend: CTOs, test engineers, developers, agile practitioners, engineering managers, DevOps engineers, and operations professionals

DevOps Talks Conference

Twitter: @DevOpsTalks
Web: devopstalks.com/devops
Date: March 22-23
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Cost: A$599-A$1,599

The DevOps Talks Conference aims to attract leaders, engineers, and architects who are practicing DevOps in startups and leading-edge enterprise companies. Typically, attendees are running complex transformation through DevOps in large and medium organizations. Presentations at the forum are technical and go in depth on the issues companies face as they try to implement DevOps. They include discussions about early-stage implementations, as well as talks suitable for mature DevOps shops. In addition, the conference covers security and compliance audit integration with DevOps.

Who should attend: CTOs, DevOps engineers, security professionals, managers, software architects, and developers

SRE Con Americas

Twitter: @SREcon / #SREcon
Web: usenix.org/conference/srecon18americas
Date: March 27-29
Location: Santa Clara, California, USA
Cost: $950-$1,100

The SRE conferences are a series of forums for site reliability engineers. The forums focus on resilience, reliability, and performance in complex distributed systems. The conferences also try to accommodate diversity within the SRE community, from newcomers to veterans. That diversity is reflected in the conference program, which includes speakers from a variety of organizations, such as big companies operating on a global scale, startups, and businesses seeking to pivot their companies to unite software engineering and systems engineering.

In addition to the Americas conference, there are events in Singapore, June 6-8, and Dusseldorf, Germany, August 29-31.

Who should attend: SREs, software architects, and developers

April

Jax DevOps

Twitter: @jaxdevops / #jaxdevops
Web: devops.jaxlondon.com
Date: April 9-12
Location: London, UK
Cost: Conference, £699-£1,199 (excluding VAT); workshop day, £399 (excluding VAT)

Described by its organizers as a conference for continuous delivery, microservices, Docker, and cloud computing, Jax DevOps features experts with in-depth knowledge of the latest technologies and methodologies for lean businesses. The forum focuses on accelerated delivery cycles and increased delivery quality.

Who should attend: Developers, DevOps engineers, software architects, managers

PowerShell and DevOps Global Summit

Twitter: @PSHSummit / @PSHOrg
Web: powershell.org/summit
Date: April 9-12
Location: Bellevue, Washington, USA
Cost: $1,500 

This conference is all about Microsoft's PowerShell automation and configuration tool—featuring PowerShell product team members, Microsoft MVPs, developers, sysadmins, PowerShell community members, and other experts doing deep dives on this topic and on DevOps principles and practices. It's organized by PowerShell.org, which is part of the DevOps Collective nonprofit corporation.

Who should attend: Developers and Windows system administrators

GOTO Chicago 2018

Twitter: @GOTOcon, @GOTOchgo
Web: gotochgo.com
Date: Conference, April 25-26; workshops, April 24 and 27
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Cost: $595-$2,380

GOTO conferences are developer-organized, with an emphasis on what has recently become relevant and interesting for the software development community. In addition to the Chicago event, GOTO conferences are also being held in 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, June 18-20; Berlin, Germany, October 30-November 2; and Copenhagen, Denmark, November 19-23.

Who should attend: Developers, operations professionals, software architects, and managers

Interop ITX

Twitter: @interop / #Interop
Web: interop.com
Date: April 30-May 4
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Cost: All access, $2,899-$3,299; conference, $2,099-$2,499; summits and workshops, $1,799-2,199

A venerable tech conference, Interop delves into topics such as application deployment, cloud computing, collaboration, networking, IT leadership, security, software-defined networking, storage, virtualization, data center architecture, and mobility. The forum includes three days of DevOps tracks.

Who should attend: CEOs, CTOs, CIOs, developers, software architects, site reliability engineers, and system architects

May

Continuous Lifecycle London

Twitter: @ConLifecycleLon / #CLL18 / #Continuouslifecycle
Web: continuouslifecycle.london
Date: May 16-18
Location: London, UK
Cost: £665-£900; workshops, £400-£500 (prices exclude VAT)

This conference takes a holistic approach to exploring continuous delivery and DevOps topics, addressing concepts, processes, and tools. It will feature experts sharing real-world experiences.

Who should attend: CTOs, vice presidents, department heads, developers, software architects, DevOps engineers, operations professionals, and QA practitioners

GlueCon

Twitter: @gluecon / #glucon
Web: gluecon.com
Date: May 16-17
Location: Broomfield, Colorado, USA
Cost: $795

GlueCon has both a software engineering and DevOps focus. It explores how the technology landscape is being changed by serverless architectures, containers, microservices, APIs, DevOps, mobile, analytics, performance monitoring, blockchain applications, and cutting-edge developer platforms and tools. 

Who should attend: Software architects, developers, mobile developers and architects, DevOps engineers, enterprise and startup executives, and team managers

ChefConf

Twitter: @chef / #chefconf
Web: chefconf.chef.io
Date: May 23-26
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Cost: $995-$1,295 (unconfirmed for 2018)

ChefCon covers DevOps topics with a focus on the open-source configuration management tool Chef.

Who should attend: Anyone interested in DevOps and continuous automation

DevOps Con

Twitter: @devops_con / #DevOpsCon
Web: devopsconference.de
Date: May 28-31
Location: Berlin, Germany
Cost: €404-€1,449 (excluding VAT)

This conference, held in German and English, includes an expo floor and addresses topics such as continuous delivery, microservices, Docker, cloud computing, container technology, lean business concepts, and shorter delivery cycles. Information about workshops, keynotes, and sessions has been posted online.

Sessions include "100 ideas to bring DevOps in an organization," "Infrastructure as code: Build pipelines with Docker and Terraform," "Continuous integration/continuous delivery for microservices: Rule them all," and "The science of culture change."

Who should attend: Developers, software architects, IT Ops, and CxOs

June

Monitorama PDX

Twitter: @Monitorama / #monitorama
Web: monitorama.com
Date: June 4-6
Location: Portland, Oregon, USA
Cost: $400 (unconfirmed for 2018)

As its name implies, Monitorama focuses strictly on software and infrastructure monitoring. It has only one track so that attendees have a cohesive, unified experience and don't suffer from “choice overload," as founder Jason Dixon explained in his blog post about the conference's origins. A big effort is made to create an atmosphere of inclusiveness among attendees, all of whom Dixon hopes to make feel welcome.

Who should attend: Developers, operations professionals, DevOps engineers, testers, QA practitioners, and site reliability engineers

Velocity Conference

Twitter: @velocityconf / #VelocityConf
Web: conferences.oreilly.com/velocity/vl-ca
Date: June 11-14
Location: San Jose, California, USA; additional conferences are planned for New York City, New York, September 30-October 3, and London, UK, October 30-November 2
Cost: N/A

Originally focused on web performance and operations, this conference now covers distributed systems, from the application layer all the way down to compute, storage, and networking in the data center—whether it's in the cloud or not. Presentations will cover automation, containerization, continuous delivery, DevOps, orchestration, security, and serverless computing. If you go, you can expect to experience a technical, performance-minded, operations-centric conference where developers, ops, and designers converge.

Who should attend: Site reliability engineers, software architects, developers, DevOps engineers, academics, CxOs, and managers

DockerCon

Twitter: @DockerCon
Web: 2018.dockercon.com
Date: June 12-14
Location: San Francisco, California, USA
Cost: $930-$1,150; workshops, $150 each (unconfirmed for 2018)

This conference has become one of the hottest gatherings in the IT industry. It frequently features how-to sessions for using containers in production and showcases apps being built with containers. Videos from previous DockerCons are posted online.

Who should attend: Developers, DevOps engineers, CxOs, and managers

DevOps Enterprise Summit (DOES)

Twitter: @DOES_EUR / @DOES_USA / #DOES18
Web: events.itrevolution.com/eur
Date: June 25-26
Location: London, UK
Cost: Early-early bird, £600 (excluding VAT); other pricing N/A

DevOps Enterprise Summit is a conference for the leaders of large, complex organizations implementing DevOps principles and practices. The conference's programming emphasizes both evolving technical and architectural practices and the methods needed to lead widespread change efforts in large organizations. The goal is to give leaders the tools and strategies they need to develop and deploy software faster. In addition to the London event, another forum will be held in San Francisco, California, in the fall. Slide decks and videos from previous conferences are available online.

Who should attend: Developers, operations professionals, CxOs, software architects, and systems and network administrators

September

ContainerSched

Twitter: @skillsmatter / #containersched
Web: skillsmatter.com/conferences/8229-containersched-2017-the-conference-on-devops-cloud-containers-and-schedulers
Date: September (unconfirmed for 2018)
Location: London, UK (unconfirmed for 2018)
Cost: £295-£650 (unconfirmed for 2018)

ContainerSched focuses on a number of key topics—DevOps, cloud, Docker, Kubernetes, microservices, containers, schedulers, and orchestration—and explores the core technologies and associated areas of interest related to them, such as networking, storage, security, and scaling. The conference includes talks, discussions, workshops, and networking.

Who should attend: Developers, DevOps engineers, managers, and CxOs

Jenkins World

Twitter: @CloudBees / #JenkinsWorld
Web: cloudbees.com/jenkinsworld/home
Date: September 16-19
Location: San Francisco, California, USA
Cost: General admission, $499-$1,199; federal and nonprofit employees, $449-$1,079

Jenkins World focuses on anything relevant to Jenkins, the most popular open-source continuous integration engine. The conference is the largest gathering of Jenkins users, attracting more than 2,000 fans of the technology from all over the world. Content covers Jenkins, DevOps, cloud, process design, automated testing, performance measurement, security, and more. In addition to conference talks, there are Jenkins and DevOps sessions, workshops, training, and certification. A number of videos have been posted online.

Who should attend: CxOs, managers, developers, DevOps practitioners, Jenkins users and partners

Microsoft Ignite

Twitter: @MS_Ignite / #MSIgnite
Web: microsoft.com/en-us/ignite
Date: September 24-28
Location: Orlando, Florida, USA
Cost: Training, $500; full conference, $2,220; day pass, $350; sessions and expo, $500 (unconfirmed for 2018)

Microsoft created Ignite in 2014 to consolidate several smaller conferences: Microsoft Management Summit, Microsoft Exchange Conference, SharePoint Conference, Lync Conference, Project Conference, and TechEd. Ignite covers architecture, deployment, implementation and migration, development, operations and management, security, access management and compliance, and usage and adoption. Although it's organized by Microsoft and focuses on its products, it also draws more than 100 vendors that participate in the expo and as sessions speakers. You can watch videos from past events.

Who should attend: Microsoft developers

Fusion18

Twitter: @itsmf_usa / #SMFUSION
Web: sm-fusion.com
Date: September 30-October 3
Location: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Cost: $1,395-$2,195

Presented by the organization for service management professionals, Fusion is a four-day conference that includes keynotes, breakout sessions, and workshops focusing on service management trends, with presentations led by some of the brightest thought leaders in the community.

Who should attend: Developers and IT professionals involved with IT service management

October

PuppetConf

Twitter: @PuppetConf / #PuppetConf
Web: puppet.com/puppetconf
Date: October 9-11
Location: San Francisco, California, USA
Cost: $657

PuppetConf is aimed at users of the open-source configuration management tool Puppet. The conference includes more than 80 educational sessions presented by more than 100 industry experts. They cover a wide range of content for a variety of skill levels and focus on topics such as DevOps, cloud management, next­-generation infrastructure, application delivery, security and compliance, continuous delivery, and career/personal development. Videos from previous conferences have been posted online.

Who should attend: Puppet users, developers, and operations professionals

IT/Dev Connections

Twitter: @devconnections / #ITDevConnections
Web: itdevconnections.com/dc18/Public/Enter.aspx
Date: October 15-18
Location: Dallas, Texas, USA
Cost: $1,299-$2,699

This conference is aimed at developers and IT professionals from all departments. More than 250 sessions are held at the event across five tracks—Cloud and Data Center; Data Platform and Business Intelligence; Enterprise Collaboration; Enterprise Management, Mobility, and Security; and Development and DevOps. The conference has a number of structured networking events, such as pre-conference workshops, an "ask the experts" panel, a women-in-technology luncheon, and networking breakfasts, lunches, and breaks.

Who should attend: CxOs, managers, developers, DevOps engineers, software architects, and system administrators

LISA

Twitter: @LISAConference / #LISA18
Web: usenix.org/conference/lisa18
Date: October 28-November 2
Location: Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Cost: $460-$3,595; tutorials, $335-$715 (unconfirmed for 2018)

The LISA conference positions itself as a vendor-neutral meeting place for the systems administration community, with a heavy training focus. It's organized by Usenix, the Advanced Computing Systems Association, and LISA (Large Installation Systems Administration). Usenix.org includes numerous videos from previous LISA conferences.

Who should attend: System administrators, developers, network engineers, and software architects

December

KubeCon/CloudNativeCon

Twitter: @kubeconio / @CloudNativeFdn
Web: events.linuxfoundation.org/events/kubecon-cloudnativecon-north-america-2018
Date: December 11-13
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
Cost: $150-$1,100 (unconfirmed for 2018)

KubeCon and CloudNativeCon are a single conference sponsored by the Linux Foundation and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). The conference brings together leading contributors in cloud-native applications, containers, microservices, and orchestration. The conference also focuses on open-source projects, including Kubernetes, Prometheus, OpenTracing, Fluentd, Linkerd, gRPC, CoreDNS, containerd, rkt, and CNI. In addition to the Seattle conference, events are also planned for Copenhagen, Denmark, May 2-4, and Shanghai, China, November 14-15. Videos from previous conferences are available online.

Who should attend: Developers, operations professionals, software architects managers, CxOs, DevOps engineers, and security professionals

TBD

NetDev Conference

Twitter: @netdev01 / #netdev
Web: netdevconf.org
Date: N/A
Location: (November 2017) Seoul, South Korea; (March 2017) Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Cost: C$380-C$460; C$190-C$230 for students (unconfirmed for 2018)

NetDev is a technical conference about Linux networking organized by the NetDev Society, a Canadian nonprofit organization. "Basically the conference was super-specialized and focused (not for a general developer audience at all!) and that was really awesome because I got to learn a lot about Linux kernel networking," wrote DevOps blogger Julia Evans after attending NetDev 2017. The society also organizes Netconf, which runs back-to-back with NetDev. Netconf is an invitation-only conference, usually for 10 to 15 people who are the primary maintainers and developers of the Linux networking subsystem.

Who should attend: Members of the Linux community, network engineers, and security professionals

AnsibleFest

Twitter: @ansible / #ansiblefest
Web: ansible.com/ansiblefest
Date: N/A 
Location: N/A
Cost: N/A

Red Hat's Ansible is an open-source framework for configuration management and automation (infrastructure as code). AnsibleFest brings together members of the Ansible community to share information and learn about the latest developments. Two AnsibleFest events are held each year, usually in the summer and fall. Both events offer content for a wide spectrum of Ansible users. Presentations from past events have been posted online.

Who should attend: Ansible users, developers, and operations professionals

Mark your calendars and make your choices soon! Prices may vary based on how early you register. Also, remember that hotel and travel costs are generally separate from the conference pricing.

What are your favorite conferences and why? Post your comments below, and let us know if there are any other events or conferences we missed.

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