Great Lakes Software Symposium

November 8 - 10, 2013

Vagrant: Virtualized Development Environments Made Simple

Saturday - Nov 9 1:30 PM - Gallery

Matt Stine

Matt Stine

Global CTO - Software Architecture at Pivotal

Have you ever wished that your local development sandbox could look exactly like production, but you've got a mismatch between your local OS and your production OS? And what about the age old “it works on my machine” excuse that quite often stems from differences between developer sandboxes? Many have turned to virtualization, creating a machine image that can be passed around the team. But who manages the template? How do you keep things in sync?

In this session, we'll explore Vagrant (, an open source tool that allows you to easily create and manage virtual development environments that can be provisioned on demand and “thrown away” when no longer needed.

Vagrant is most powerful when we think of it as a tool to enable various workflows that are useful to software development teams. In this talk, we'll walk through the following workflows and examine Vagrant's contributions:

  • Software development/spike sandbox management
  • New team member onboarding/development workstation management
  • Managing production-like environments on developer workstations
  • Managing disposable integration testing environments
  • Managing production environments

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About Matt Stine

Matt Stine is an 18 year veteran of the enterprise IT industry, with nine of those years spent as a consulting solutions architect for multiple Fortune 500 companies, as well as the not-for-profit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He is the author of Migrating to Cloud-Native Application Architectures from O'Reilly, and the host of the Software Architecture Radio podcast.

Matt is obsessed with the idea that enterprise IT “doesn’t have to suck,” and spends much of his time thinking about lean/agile software development methodologies, DevOps, architectural principles/patterns/practices, and programming paradigms, in an attempt to find the perfect storm of techniques that will allow corporate IT departments to not only function like startup companies but also create software that delights users while maintaining a high degree of conceptual integrity. He is currently the Global CTO of Architecture at Pivotal, and spends much of his time advising IT leadership on the effective adoption of cloud-native architectures.

Matt has spoken at conferences ranging from JavaOne to OSCON to YOW! and is a nine-year member of the No Fluff Just Stuff tour. Matt is also the founder and past president of the Memphis Java User Group.