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Openstack Reference Architecture

This white paper documents the creation, purpose and benefits of Paddy Power Betfair’s Private OpenStack Cloud. It is aimed at those looking to adopt a similar approach to an extensible, scalable and performant platform for their own production estate.

The paper documents the programme approach and presents the rationale for each individual technology supplier. It also explains the high level design around each technology. As such, a ‘reference stack’ is presented, which the paper hopes to promote.


/Richard Haigh is Head of Delivery Enablement at Paddy Power Betfair.
/Steven Armstrong is Principal Automation Engineer at Paddy Power Betfair.


DOCCON1 – organising a conference

Betfair’s Tech team is pretty big and spread over 3 countries.  My role has involved setting up the DevOps community to bring guys together from this wider team.  Part of this effort led to Betfair’s first ever internal DevOps conference – DOCCON1.  This post will walk you through what it took to make this event work.


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Haha, I got the first post!  Oh, hang on – there’s no one else here yet…

So, welcome to BetsAndBits – Betfair’s Engineering blog.  I hope over the coming years that this site will be full of interesting and usefully verbose comment on what the Tech teams at Betfair are getting up to and the exciting discoveries they are making.

Betfair is lucky in that the scale, speed and complexity of its engineering gives us lots of challenges – and hopefully plenty to share.  We are also actively pushing code to Open Source and engaging with the wider Tech community.  It’s no secret – we want to be at the forefront and this blog is one step in that direction.

So, please do come back and visit once in a while, and comment, and maybe try some of our code – why, if you are that interested why not come and work for us 😉