Building Distributed Systems in Distributed Teams

At Elastic — the company behind the open source tools Elasticsearch, Kibana, Beats, and Logstash — everything is distributed; the company and our products. Building distributed systems is notoriously hard … building a distributed team, even more so. This talk dives into the details of how Elastic is thriving on its distributed model:

  • How Elastic started to be distributed by design.
  • What our shared values are and what we have learned as we progressed and grew to our current size.
  • What the day of an Elastician can look like.
  • What we are using in terms of tooling.
  • How we hire and onboard new employees.



Philipp Krenn


Philipp is part of the infrastructure team and a developer advocate at Elastic.

He is frequently talking about full-text search, databases, operations, and security. Additionally, he is organizing multiple meetups in Vienna.