Languages of Infra: Beyond YAML

This track explores the landscape of languages, techniques, tools, and burgeoning ecosystems dealing with the scale of problems we’ve reached today in modern infrastructure.

Modern infrastructure and operations extend beyond the setup and provisioning of machines, data centers, and cloud.  It now includes delivery pipelines, processes, security operations, configuration, policy, compliance management, data management, and more. Correctly automating modern systems has become frustratingly complex and failures have substantial negative consequences. Static text-based data serialization like YAML is falling short of expressivity, and is seldom sufficient. To manage this growing complexity, the declarative approach to configuration has become more and more popular, led by the infrastructure-as-code (IaC) paradigm.

Audience members will learn

  • various approaches to Infrastructure as Code from a wide range of industry experts.

  • historical and contextual explanations of the problem space of IaC.

  • IaC solutions, alongside constraints and tradeoffs.

  • deeper understanding of modern system cross-cutting problems and solutions.

From this track


Sprinkling eBPF Onto Your Observability

Monday Oct 24 / 02:55PM PDT

When talking about Observability in 2022 there is no way around eBPF. However, eBPF is often seen as magic dust that can be sprinkled into infrastructure and magically do anything, when the reality is much more complicated.

Frederic Branczyk

CEO & Founder @PolarSignalsIO


CUE: A language for Config, Data Constraints, Modeling Your Systems, and Infrastructure as Data

Monday Oct 24 / 10:35AM PDT

Details coming soon.


Rego: A Language for Policy

Monday Oct 24 / 01:40PM PDT

Details coming soon.

Justin Cormack

CTO @Docker


History of IaC

Monday Oct 24 / 04:10PM PDT

Details coming soon.

Joe Duffy

Founder and CEO @PulumiCorp


Languages of Infra Panel

Monday Oct 24 / 05:25PM PDT

Details coming soon. 


Unconference: Language of Infrastructure

Monday Oct 24 / 11:50AM PDT

What is an unconference? At QCon SF, we’ll have unconferences in most of our tracks.

Shane Hastie

Global Delivery Lead for SoftEd and Lead Editor for Culture & Methods at


Monday Oct 24 / 09:00AM PDT



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Oct 24 - 28, 2022


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Track Host

Carmen Andoh

Hacker at @cue_lang, previously @google @golang @travisci

Hacker & SocioTechnical Systems Debugger at @cue_lang, previously of Google and Travis CI. At the intersection of programming languages, infrastructure, developer experience, tooling, and Configuration (big C) for systems large and small. Helping Platform Engineers/DevOps/SRE/{insert newest $FOO here} wade through the complexity.

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