Designing Self-Orchestrating Applications

Deploying applications in containers and connecting them together is a challenge because it forces developers to design for orchestration. The container ecosystem has largely converged on abstracting orchestration away from the developer and making the infrastructure more intelligent. If instead we push the responsibility for understand startup, service discovery, scaling, and recovery from failure into the application, we can build architectures that empower application development teams to understand how the software they write works in production.

But even if we accept this premise, we can’t simply rewrite all our applications, so we need a way to build application containers that can knit together legacy and greenfield applications alike. In this hands-on workshop, we will build a microservices application. Starting from simple open source components, we’ll add tooling that turns these applications into a modern self-assembling stack.



Tim Gross


Tim Gross is a product engineer for Joyent, providers of the Triton Elastic Container Service. Tim previously ran Ops at DramaFever, where he and his scrappy team ran Docker in production to serve a few million fans their daily dose of dramas, documentaries, and gross-out horror movies. In a previous life, Tim was an architect (buildings, not software). He took the leap into programming and Operations after he discovered he could automate away almost everything boring in his life.