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Thursday, May 23 • 14:50 - 15:25
Oops!...I Did It Again — I Reinvented gRPC - Austin Lamon & Dave Zolotusky, Spotify

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Does your organization have talented engineers who know the in’s and out’s of your infrastructure and operations? Do they know just the tool that will solve all your problems and want to build it? That happens every day at Spotify and is the reason we’ve built our own RPC framework… complete with it’s own CLI, protocol, rate limiting, circuit breaking, and performance tooling... that we're actively moving away from toward gRPC.

Metaphorically, it’s much like choosing to build the perfect puzzle piece to fit within existing infrastructure versus tweaking infrastructure and adopting an Open Source puzzle piece.

In this session we will discuss this ‘reinvention’ phenomenon, explain the tradeoffs of building foundational technologies like gRPC in-house (we accidentally built a Kubernetes competitor many years ago too, oops!), and detail the often overlooked benefits of using Open Source.

Speakers
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Austin Lamon

Group Product Manager, Spotify
Austin Lamon is a software engineer turned product manager who is passionate about building scalable & resilient products that delight developers & customers. He currently leads product for Spotify's Core Infrastructure team in Stockholm and New York building the service platform... Read More →
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Dave Zolotusky

Software Engineer, Spotify
Dave Zolotusky is a software engineer on Spotify's Infrastructure and Operations team in Stockholm, Sweden. His team builds and maintains the core platform that the rest of Spotify runs on. Before joining Spotify, Dave worked at Amazon Web Services, VMware, and Microsoft.



Thursday May 23, 2019 14:50 - 15:25
Hall 8.0 D2