Top 47 SysAdmin Events and Conferences in 2015 & 2016

SysAdmins are the professionals who worry about and solve all of the tech problems that nobody else even is aware of, because SysAdmins are so on top of their game that the servers, networks, computers, phones, copiers, and all other things tech that everyone relies on, just work. SysAdmins are on call when email goes down, and they are on call when laptops crash. SysAdmins are responsible for so many facets of an organization’s IT that it’s hard to believe they can do it all. That’s why they deserve to attend some top SysAdmin events (and not just a once a year celebration on SysAdmin Day!).

Even though 2015 is winding down, there still are some great opportunities for you to attend top SysAdmin events this year. And, for those events that have wrapped for 2015, we pay homage to them because they were so great this year that we urge you put them on your calendar for 2016. Our list of top SysAdmin events includes multi-day conferences, meetups, symposiums, summits, and one-day events, so that you can choose the best event and format for your busy schedule.

Please note that we have listed our top SysAdmin events in chronological order, so that you can browse with your schedule in mind. Some of the events take place throughout the year, which we have noted. We’ve also included a section of events that SysAdmins will find interesting, after the main SysAdmins events list, so that you can see all of your SysAdmin event options.

 

1. SpiceWorld
@Spiceworks
September 23-25
Austin, TX

SpiceWorld

SpiceWorld offers two days of practical how-tos and best practices with more than 40 tech and marketing sessions and 75 expert speakers. In its eighth year, SpiceWorld offers an IT Pro Track and a Marketer Track and joins industry experts, tech vendors, SysAdmins, and IT professionals.

Cost to Attend:

  • Early bird: $399 until Aug. 21
  • Last chance: $499 until Sept. 22
  • Full price: $599 after Sept. 22

 

2. SaltStack Chicago
@jeremyalons
@jonraines
Throughout the year
Chicago, IL

SaltStack Chicago

SaltStack Chicago is co-organized by Jeremy Alons, a SysAdmin who is a SaltStack certified engineer, and Jon Raines, who is an Area Director at SaltStack. SaltStack Chicago is a metope for SysAdmins as well as site reliability engineers, data center operators, DevOps professionals, and SaltStack customers, users, and contributors. The meetup specifically focuses on SaltStack use case demonstrations, talks, lessons, and best practices.

Cost to Attend: FREE

3. Toronto System & Network Admins (&SpiceCorps)
@Raymond_Payne
Throughout the year
Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada

Toronto System & Network Admins (& SpiceCorps)

Organized by Raymond Payne, an IT Director and IT Consultant, Toronto System & Network Admins (&SpiceCorps)  is a group that holds meetups for network and SysAdmins who want to network with other IT professionals and focus on infrastructure. The group is based in SpiceWorks, and training sessions also are available.

Cost to Attend: FREE

4. SANS Network Security 2015
@SANSInstitute
September 12-21
Las Vegas, NV

SANS Network Security 2015

Network security plays such an important role in IT operations that SysAdmins would be wise to attend SANS Network Security 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. SANS Network Security 2015 is the largest cyber security training event of 2015, offering 46 courses and 45 instructors, and covering 7 disciplines. Bonus sessions include a keynote from SANS Fellow and cybersecurity expert Dr. Eric Cole and bonus session talks by subject matter experts, which are included in the registration price.

Cost to Attend: Contact for registration and course cost

5. GECON 2015
September 15-17
Cluj-Napcoa, Romania

GECON 2015

The 12th International Conference on Economics of Grids, Clouds, Systems, and Services is slated for mid-September 2015 in Romania. Researchers, practitioners, SysAdmins, and other IT professionals gather at GECON to explore the economics-related issues and solutions associated with the global market for infrastructure, platform, and software services. The goal of GECON is to create a multidisciplinary community to prepare for the future information economy while considering topics such as capacity planning, development of sustainable infrastructures, network effects, and more.

Cost to Attend:

  • Authors and participants: €275
  • Students: €175

6. Percona Live Europe
@Percona
September 21-23
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Percona Live Europe

Percona Live Europe is a premier MySQL, NoSQL, and data in the cloud event for SysAdmins, developers, architects, CTOs, CEOs, and vendors. Featuring one day of tutorials and two days of keynote talks with breakout sessions relating to MySQL, NoSQL, and data in the cloud, Percona Live Europe will deliver the latest information from industry leaders about building and maintaining high-performing deployments. One session of particular interest to SysAdmins is Tools Every SysAdmin/DBA Should Use, to be held September 23.

Cost to Attend:

  • Standard Registration – Conference and Tutorials: €575.00 + €7.50 fee + €120.75 VAT
  • Standard Registration – Conference Only: €450.00 + €7.50 fee + €94.50 VAT
  • Education Registration – Conference & Tutorials: €500.00 + €7.50 fee + €105.00 VAT
  • Education Registration – Conference Only: €375.00 + €7.50 fee + €78.75 VAT
  • Tutorial Pass Only: €375.00 + €7.50 fee + €78.75 VAT
  • Single Day Conference Pass: €250.00 + €7.50 fee + €52.50 VAT

7. Seattle Area Systems Administrators Guild (SASAG) Meetups
@Meetup
2nd Thursday of every month
Seattle, WA

Seattle Area Systems Administrators Guild (SASAG) Meetups

Seattle Area System Administrators Guild (SASAG) is a group for SysAdmins in the Seattle/Pacific Northwest area. While they are a League of Professional System Administrators (LOPSA) regional group and a local chapter of SAGE (a special interest technical group of USENIX that focuses on systems administration and networking issues), SASAG does not require membership in either of those groups for attendance at their meetups. Many of their members have experience with MacOS and Windows, but SASAG is a bit UNIX-centric. The meetups occur in Seattle and the surrounding area on the second Thursday of every month, with a specific technical focus of interest to network and system administrators.

Cost to Attend: FREE

8. Surge 2015
@surgecon
September 23-25
National Harbor, MD

Surge 2015

The “Scalability and Performance Conference,” Surge 2015 is in its sixth year, offering two days of practitioner-oriented sessions for web infrastructure, scalability experts, and SysAdmins. Speakers for Surge 2015 include Alec Peterson, CTO of Message Systems, Amie Durr, VP of Product Management at Message Systems, Brett Huff, VP of Engineering at Fog Creek, and Bryan Cantrill, CTO at Joyent. Big news for Surge 2015 is the return of Chef training, a hands-on tutorial about the basics of using Chef for system and infrastructure management, and Illumos Day, with training, talks, and a Hackfest.

Cost to Attend: Advanced Registration: $750 through September 22

9. MacSysAdmin 2015
@tychosjogren
September 29 – October 2
Göteborg, Sweden

MacSysAdmin 2015

A forum specifically targeted to Mac and iOS SysAdmins from enterprises, schools, and institutions, MacSysAdmin 2015 will be held at Folkets Hus in Sweden. SysAdmins will have the opportunity to gain knowledge, network with peers, and discuss experiences, challenges, and solutions with colleagues as well as hear from leading OS X, OS X Server, and iOS experts at MacSysAdmin 2015. All sessions will be held in English.

Cost to Attend: Approx. €1210, plus Swedish tax (25% VAT)

10. PuppetConf
@PuppetConf
October 5-9
Portland, OR

PuppetConf

PuppetConf is an IT operations conference presented by Puppet Labs. PuppetConf is appropriate for SysAdmins who are beginner, intermediate, or advanced users of Puppet products, which sessions ranging from getting started with Puppet, to modules and related technologies, to advanced tips and tricks for using Puppet, PuppetDB, Razor, Facter, and more. This year’s sessions will focus on career development, team building, management, and more. Training opportunities are held in advance of the main conference, and they are priced separately.

Cost to Attend:

  • PuppetConf ONLY Ticket (2+ Days, Oct. 7-9): $995
  • PuppetConf + Contributor Summit Ticket (3 Days, Oct. 7-9): $995
  • PuppetConf PLUS Intro to Puppet Training (3 Days: Oct. 7-9): $995
  • PuppetConf PLUS Puppet Architect Training (4 Days: Oct. 6-9): $1,695
  • PuppetConf PLUS Puppet Practitioner Training (5 Days: Oct. 5-9): $2,395
  • PuppetConf PLUS Puppet Fundamentals Training (5 Days: Oct. 5-9): $2,395

11. OpenNebulaConf 2015
@opennebula
October 20-22
Barcelona, Spain

OpenNebulaConf 2015

The third OpenNebula Cloud Conference will be held in Barcelona, Spain in October 2015. The conference is an event for SysAdmins, cloud users, developers, integrators, and researchers and features talks and use cases. Tutorials, lightning talks, and hacking sessions also give attendees the opportunity to meet and discuss developments at OpenNebulaConf 2015.

Cost to Attend:

  • OpenNebulaConf Ticket, Early Bird: €480.00 + €100.80 VAT, ends September 16
  • OpenNebulaConf Ticket: €600.00 + €126.00 VAT, begins September 17
  • OpenNebula Conf Student Ticket: €200.00 + €42.00 VAT, ends October 20

 

12. 2015 System Administrator and Technical Support Conference
@TCEA
October 29-30
Austin, TX

2015 System Administrator and Technical Support Conference

This SysAdmin event from TCEA is specially geared toward SysAdmins who provide hardware, software, network, and infrastructure support for PreK-16 educators. The conference features “a comprehensive package of strands that covers the real-word problems you are encountering, offering solutions you can use,” for tech-savvy SysAdmins.

Cost to Attend: 

  • TCEA Member: $307
  • TCEA Non-Member: $352, includes one-year membership

13. LISA15
@LISAConference
November 8-13
Washington, DC

LISA 15

USENIX’s LISA Conference is the premier event for SysAdmins, IT professionals, site-reliability engineers, architects, software engineers, and others who need to ensure that IT services work properly for others. LISA15 features invited talks, workshops, panels, training courses, mini-tutorials, refereed paper and poster presentations, the on-site LISA Lab, evening receptions, and Birds-of-a-Feather sessions to give attendees access to the latest information, advice, knowledge, collaboration opportunities, hands-on guidance, networking opportunities, and more.

Cost to Attend:

  • 1-Day Conference
    • Member, Early Bird: $430, though October 15
    • Nonmember, Early Bird: $530, through October 15
    • Member, Standard Rate: $480
    • Nonmember, Standard Rate: $580
    • Student Rate: $150
  • 1-Day Training Program
    • Member, Early Bird: $660, though October 15
    • Nonmember, Early Bird: $760, through October 15
    • Member, Standard Rate: $710
    • Nonmember, Standard Rate: $810
    • Student Rate: $200
  • 3-Day Conference Program
    • Member, Early Bird: $995, though October 15
    • Nonmember, Early Bird: $1,095, through October 15
    • Member, Standard Rate: $1,145
    • Nonmember, Standard Rate: $1,245
    • Student Rate: $450
  • 3-Day Training Program
    • Member, Early Bird: $1,905, though October 15
    • Nonmember, Early Bird: $2,005, through October 15
    • Member, Standard Rate: $2,055
    • Nonmember, Standard Rate: $2,155
    • Student Rate: $600
  • 2-Day Training Program
    • Member, Early Bird: $1,295, though October 15
    • Nonmember, Early Bird: $1,395, through October 15
    • Member, Standard Rate: $1,395
    • Nonmember, Standard Rate: $1,495
    • Student Rate: $500
  • Silver Passport
    • Member, Early Bird: $2,055, though October 15
    • Nonmember, Early Bird: $2,155, through October 15
    • Member, Standard Rate: $2,205
    • Nonmember, Standard Rate: $2,305
  • Gold Passport
    • Member, Early Bird: $3,200, though October 15
    • Nonmember, Early Bird: $3,400, through October 15
    • Member, Standard Rate: $3,500
    • Nonmember, Standard Rate: $3,700

14. DockerCon Europe
@DockerCon
November 16-17
Barcelona, Spain

DockerCon Europe

DockerCon Europe 2015 is slated to be a two-day event focusing on the ways in which SysAdmins, developers, DevOps, and others are using Docker. Attendees of any experience level and from companies of any size will have the opportunity to meet and learn from others through use cases, networking, and learning opportunities.

Cost to Attend: Contact for registration price

15. TechMentor
@Live360events
November 16-20
Orlando, FL

TechMentor

TechMentor provides in-depth training for IT pros in Orland, Florida, this November. SysAdmins will learn about the latest technologies and techniques in order to update data centers to make them “more modern, more capable, and more manageable.” Tracks include security, Windows PowerShell, system center and config management, Windows OS, cloud and mobile, and soft skills for IT Pros. For 2015, TechMentor is part of Live! 360, which presents five co-located conferences – Visual Studio Live!, SharePoint Live!, SQL Server Live!, ModernApps Live!, and TechMentor – for one price.

Cost to Attend:

  • Live! 360 5-Day Package
    • Super Early Bird: $1,895 through September 16
    • Early Bird: $1,995 through October 14
    • Standard: $2,295 through November 16
  • Live! 360 5-Day Conference + Hotel Package
    • Super Early Bird: $2,845 through September 16
    • Early Bird: $2,945 through October 14
    • Standard: $3,245 through November 16
  • Live! 360 3-Day Package
    • Super Early Bird: $1,395 through September 16
    • Early Bird: $1,495 through October 14
    • Standard: $1,795 through November 16
  • Live! 360 3-Day Conference + Hotel Package
    • Super Early Bird: $2,165 through September 16
    • Early Bird: $2,265 through October 14
    • Standard: $2,565 through November 16
  • Workshop Pass: $550

16. International Conference on Distributed Computing and Networking (ICDCN)
January 4-7, 2016
Singapore

ICDCN

The International Conference on Distributed Computing and Networking (ICDCN 2016) is an international conference for SysAdmins, CIOs, IT professionals, data center professionals, and others who work with or research distributed computing and networking. ICDCN 2016 will offer two tracks, Distributed Computing and Networking, and will include a “highly selective technical program” that will include refereed concise papers, panel discussions, focused workshops, and emerging topics. Pending approval, conference proceedings will be published in the ACM Digital Library.

Cost to Attend: Contact for registration price

17. SCALE 14x
@socallinuxexpo
January 21-24, 2016
Pasadena, CA

SCALE 14x

SCALE 14x is a community-run open source software event held in southern California. Billed as “the largest community-run Linux expo in North America,” SCALE 14x has grown to support a larger venue at the Pasadena Convention Center, just a few miles outside of Los Angeles. As a result, SCALE 14x will accommodate more sessions, tutorials, special events, and exhibitors. SysAdmins, IT professionals, Linux users, and other attendees will have the opportunity to take part in specialized tracks that include Developer, Hot Open Source Projects, Cloud, Container and Virtualization, Next Generation, Security, and others.

Cost to Attend:

  • Expo Only: $15
  • Full Access Pass: $75

18. Config Management Camp
@cfgmgmtcamp
February 1-2, 2016
Ghent, Belgium

Config Management Camp

Config Management Camp is slated for February 2016 in Gent, Belgium. While the agenda for the 2016 event is not yet available, it’s sure to be a worthy event based on last year’s sold out Config Management Camp and the rave reviews from SysAdmins, infracoders, software engineers, and other IT professionals.

Cost to Attend: Contact for registration price

19. linux.conf.au
@linuxconfau
February 1-5, 2016
Geelong, Victoria, Australia

linux.conf

Linux Conference Australia is officially known as linux.conf.au but lovingly referred to as LCA. Scheduled for February 2016 at Deakin University’s Waterfront Campus, linux.conf.au is a Linux and open source conference that is well suited to SysAdmins. Since 1999, linux.conf.au has been joining together SysAdmins, Linux users, IT professionals, and others to experience a deeply technical conference with leading practitioners. 45-minute presentations around important topics and 90-minute tutorials are two highlights of linux.con.au.

Cost to Attend: Contact for registration price

20. Cascadia IT Conference
@casitconf
March 11-12, 2016
Seattle, WA

Cascadia IT Conference

A regional workshop for SysAdmins, administrators of networks, databases, and the web, Cascadia IT Conference joins the IT professionals in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia and gives them the opportunity to learn, share, and network. Highlights of Cascadia IT Conference include panels, presentations, invited speakers and keynotes, plus training sessions led by top experts.

Cost to Attend: Contact for registration price

21. SREcon
@usenix
Date TBD
Location TBD

SREcon

SREcon15 wrapped in March in Santa Clara, California, in March, and SREcon15 Europe wrapped in Dublin, Ireland, in May. They were such well-attended SysAdmins events that we had to include SREcon in our list so that you can be on the lookout for SREcon16 information as it becomes available. Keynote speakers and panelists shared insights and knowledge, and attendees had the opportunity to attend panels and training on data management, incident management, and release and deployment processes.

Cost to Attend: Contact for registration price

22. NSDI
@usenix
March 16-18, 2016
Santa Clara, CA

NSDI

The 13th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI ’16) will take place in Santa Clara, California in March 2016. Practitioners from the networking community and SysAdmins will come together with networking and systems researchers to share results and discuss ideas to “further the knowledge and understanding of the networked systems community as a whole, continue a significant research dialog, or push the architectural boundaries of network services.” Co-located with the 2016 Open Networking Summit, NSDI ’16 is a SysAdmins event you won’t want to miss.

Cost to Attend: Contact for registration price

23. IEEE INFOCOM
@Infocom2016
April 10-15, 2016
San Francisco, CA

IEEE INFOCOM

IEEE INFOCOM, the international conference on computer communications, will take place in San Francisco in April 2016. Covering both theoretical and systems research, IEE INFOCOM is a worthwhile conference for SysAdmins who want to be informed of the latest innovations in the field of networking and related areas. INFOCOM 2016 will include a main technical program, several workshops, a keynote speech, panels, a student poster session, and demo/poster sessions.

Cost to Attend: Contact for registration price

24. LinuxFest Northwest
@lfnw
April 23-24, 2016
Bellingham, WA

LinuxFest Northwest

LinuxFest Northwest 2015 boasted over 1,800 registered attendees. An annual OpenSource event, the Fest covers various F/OSS topics and Linux distributions and applications. Highlights of the SysAdmin event included speakers, sessions, and talks that covered a range of tech and levels of experience. More information about LinuxFest Northwest will be available soon, so check back for updates.

Cost to Attend: FREE

25. IEEE/IFIP NOMS
@IEEEIFIPNOMS
April 25-29, 2016
Istanbul, Turkey

IEEE:IFIP NOMS

IEEE/IFIP NOMS is held every even year, so we wanted to be sure to include it in this list for next year because it wasn’t offered in 2015. NOMS 2016 is an event appropriate for SysAdmins because it provides “a forum for technical exchange on management of information and communication technology focusing on research, development, integration, standards, service, provisioning, and user communities.” IEEE/IFIP NOMS will feature five tracks – technical, experience, poster, panel, and dissertation.

Cost to Attend: Contact for registration price

26. INTEROP Las Vegas
@interop
May 2-6, 2016
Las Vegas, NV

INTEROP Las Vegas

A conference and expo held to help SysAdmins and IT professionals make intelligent business decisions, INTEROP Las Vegas features programs, networking opportunities, and classes. With a focus on IT education and training on the latest infrastructure and networking innovations, INTEROP Las Vegas leads attendees to find solutions and plan for future development. There are three days of sessions on networking, virtualization, cloud, mobility, data centers, and more, plus two days of workshops that lead into the conference.

Cost to Attend: Contact for registration price

27. CoreOS Fest
@coreosfest
Date TBD
Location TBD

CoreOS Fest

The first CoreOS Fest was held in May 2015, and we are hoping to hear about CoreOS Fest 2016 soon. A two-day event, CoreOS Fest joins SysAdmins, developers, operations, DevOps professionals, and others to share and learn about the tools and best practices needed to build modern infrastructure stacks.” Experience level is immaterial at CoreOS Fest, as attendees range from beginner to pro.

Cost to Attend: Contact for registration price

28. Ignite
@MS_Ignite
May 9-13, 2016
Chicago, IL

Ignite

Ignite is a conference that looks to the future of technology. With all of the challenges faced by SysAdmins, Ignite brings together some of the brightest minds to tackle those challenges with innovative ideas and solutions. If you didn’t have the chance to attend Ignite in 2015, visit the site and view the highlights and on-demand sessions to get a feel for the conference and decide if it’s the SysAdmin event for you.

Cost to Attend: Contact for registration price

29. Glue
@defrag
May 25-26, 2016
Broomfield, CO

Glue

Glue is the conference for the latest information on today’s important technology trends. Glue is not just a conference for developers; it covers topics related to the cloud, NoSQL, cloud management and security, networks, and more for SysAdmins. Glutton 2015 was such a success that we hope you put Glue on your calendar for 2016 so that you can network with developers and other SysAdmins.

Cost to Attend: Contact for registration price

30. Monitorama 2016
@Monitorama
Date TBD
Location TBD

Monitorama

Monitorama, an open source monitoring conference that includes a Hackathon, was a smashing success in June 2015. Monitorama is the event for SysAdmins, open source developers, web operations experts, and other IT thought leaders to join together to learn about the tools and techniques that are involved in some of the world’s largest web architectures.

Cost to Attend: Contact for registration price

31. HotCloud
@usenix
June 20-21, 2016
Denver, CO

HotCloud

HotCloud ’16 will take place in June, and if it’s anything like HotCloud ’15, it will not disappoint. A USENIX event, this workshop on hot topics in cloud computing is great for SysAdmins, data center professionals, devops professionals, and other IT professionals who need to know the latest in cloud computing. HotCloud features sessions with thought leaders and experts as well as Birds of a Feather sessions.

Cost to Attend: Contact for registration price

32. MacAdmins Conference at Penn State
@psumacconf
June 27-30, 2016
State College, PA

MacAdmins Conference at Penn State

The Penn State MacAdmins Conference is an annual gathering of SysAdmins who are responsible for or interested in deploying, managing, and securing Apple products and services. If you handle Mac systems, be sure to mark your calendars for 2016 so that you can attend this conference in 2016 and experience the workshops, tailgate dinner, main conference, and all that Penn State has to offer MacAdmins.

Cost to Attend: Contact for registration price

33. Cisco Live!
@CiscoLive
July 10-14, 2016
Las Vegas, NV

Cisco Live!

Cisco Live! is an annual user conference that gives partners, customers, SysAdmins, and IT professionals the opportunity to learn new technologies, discuss business trends, share ideas, and network. Known for its education and training offerings, Cisco Live! offers a full five-day schedule, plus more than 24 hours of fun over four days.

Cost to Attend: Contact for registration price

34. MacIT
@MacITConf
Date TBD
Location TBD

MacIT

MacIT 2015 wrapped in July 2015 in Santa Clara, CA, to rave reviews. With a focus on deploying iOS and OS X in the enterprise, MacIT is a great SysAdmin event because it guides attendees through using iOS and OS X tools in your organization. Be sure to check back for more information as it becomes available for MacIT 2016, but we’re sure it will include just as many industry experts, panel discussions, keynotes, conference sessions, receptions, and networking opportunities as MacIT 2015.

Cost to Attend: Contact for registration price

35. Mac Admin & Developer Conference UK
@macaduk
February 9-10 2016
London, England

Mac Admin & Developer Conference UK

The first Mac Admin & Developer Conference UK was such a hit in February 2015 that it’s coming back for another two days in September 2016. This SysAdmins event is geared toward MacAdmins and developers and will include presentations, workshops, and demos led by industry experts.

Cost to Attend: Contact for registration price

Other Events SysAdmins Will Find Interesting

36. DevOps Days
@devopsdays
Throughout the Year
Around the Globe

DevOps Days

DevOps Days occur throughout the year and in various locations around the world. Known as being “the conference that brings development and operations together,” DevOps Days are of interest to SysAdmins because they are a technical conference suited for developers, SysAdmins, and IT professionals to help bridge the gap between developers and operations.

Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance price

37. Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit
@Gartner_inc
September 14-15
London, England

 

Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit

The Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit is an event of interest to SysAdmins because it focuses on managing risk and providing security and helps IT professionals evaluate their security and risk management strategy to determine strengths and weaknesses. The summit has four tracks: Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Program, Risk Management and Compliance Program, Security Manager Program: Technology, Trends and Operations, and Business Continuity Management Program and the Internet of Things Program.

Cost to Attend:

  • Standard Conference: €2,475 + VAT
  • Public Sector: €1,950 + VAT

38. Velocity
@velocityconf
October 12-14
New York, NY

Veolocity

O’Reilly Velocity is a conference that brings together web performance, DevOps, and continuous delivery experts. SysAdmins will find the opportunities to learn from and network with web performance experts and operations engineers especially helpful at Velocity. SysAdmins also will appreciate that Velocity’s organizers seek to help attendees “optimize web and mobile, automate, and drive innovation.”

Cost to Attend: 

  • Platinum Pass, Monday – Wednesday: $2, 945 through September 3
  • Gold Pass, Monday – Wednesday: $2,245 through September 3
  • Silver Pass, Monday – Wednesday: $1,845 through September 3
  • Bronze Pass, Tuesday – Wednesday: $1,545 through September 3
  • Training Pass, Monday: $1,345

39. DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo
@CloudExpo
November 3-5, 2015
Santa Clara, CA

DevOps Summit 2015

The DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo is a great event for SysAdmins to consider attending because it emphasizes the need for development and IT teams to communicate and collaborate in the age of the cloud. Topics over the course of the three days include containers and microservices, how DevOps helps It professionals “put out fires,” and decrease the amount of time spent on infrastructure development.

Cost to Attend:

  • Gold Pass
    • Early Bird: $1,800 through August 31
    • $1,900 through September 30
    • $2,100 through October 31
    • $2,200 through November 2
    • $2,500 onsite

40. Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference
@Gartner_inc
December 7-10
Las Vegas, NV

Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference

The Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference features workshops, round tables and track sessions. SysAdmins will find the event interesting because of the connections between enterprise data centers and IT operations and facilities, including servers, storage, and backup/recovery. Data center networking and mobile, cloud, and desktop virtualization also share the focus of the Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference. With 10 comprehensive tracks that take deep dives into the diverse topics, the conference is sure to have something for any IT professional and SysAdmin.

Cost to Attend:

  • Early Bird: $2,795 by October 16
  • Standard: $2,995
  • Public Sector: $2,595

42. DistribuTECH
@DistribuTECH
February 9-11, 2016
Orlando, FL

DistribuTECH

At first glance, DistribuTECH may seem like an odd choice for a top SysAdmins event. But, computers and IT play such an important role in electric grids and utilities and the conference provides such great networking opportunities, that we decided to include DistribuTECH as an event that will interest SysAdmins.

Cost to Attend:

  • Individual Full Conference
    • $725 on or before November 12
    • $925 on or after November 13
  • Utility Full Conference: $495
  • Association Partner
    • $625 on or before November 12
    • $825 on or after November 13
  • Government: $525

43. Pink16
@theitilexperts
February 14-17, 2016
Las Vegas, NV

Pink16

Pink Elephant is a world leader in IT management, ITIL, and ITSM education, consulting, and conferences. Their Pink16 is an event that should interest SysAdmins who are responsible for IT service management, including ITIL, COBIT, LeanIT, DevOps, Cyber Risk and Resilience, and more. Celebrating the 20th anniversary, Pink16 features Martin Short as the new keynote speaker.

Cost to Attend: 

  • Regular Pass: $2,195
  • Platinum Pass: $2,695

44. The Green Data Center Conference
@GSMIonline
February 24-25, 2016
San Diego, CA

The Green Data Center Conference

Geared toward a broad range of IT professionals, including data center managers, network and communication engineers, infrastructure managers, and IT directors and managers among others, The Green Data Center Conference is a perfect fit for SysAdmins looking into data center efficiency. Take advantage of the interactive workshop sessions and case study presentations and learn about the best practices that you can start using immediately.

Cost to Attend: Contact for registration price

45. dotScale
@dotScale
Date TBD
Location TBD

dotScale

A European tech conference on Scalability, dotScale is an event of interest for SysAdmins because it covers distributed systems, DevOps, and scalability. dotScale was a wrap June 8, 2015, and we were impressed with the speaker and presenter lineup. Be on the lookout for information about dotScale in 2016 so you can learn from the best hackers and get insight from open source project creators, startup CTOs, large-scale platform architects, and others.

Cost to Attend: Contact for registration price

46. ChefConf
@ChefConf
July 11-13, 2016
Austin, TX

ChefConf

ChefConf is one of the largest events for web-scale IT and DevOps experts, and we are really looking forward to ChefConf 2016. SysAdmins can benefit from the knowledge of these web-scale IT and DevOps leaders, practitioners, and innovators though workshops, Birds of a Feather sessions, breakout sessions, panels discussions, and more.

Cost to Attend: Contact for registration price

47. DEF CON
@_DEFCON_
August 4-7, 2016
Las Vegas, NV

DEF CON

Of course, DEF CON is a huge event for hackers, and no two years ever are the same. DEF CON’s focus is technology and hacking, and the amount of speakers and sessions and networking opportunities available at DEF CON alone make it a worthwhile experience for anyone in IT.

Cost to Attend: Contact for registration price; Please note that there is no preregistration and you pay with cash at the door.

 

We hope you enjoyed the list. It’s not easy to pull these together, and we are sure we might have missed a few good ones. Feel free to let us know in the comments below.

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