Russ Parmer

Technology Engineer

State Farm

Currently, Russ is a Technology Engineer at State Farm. His primary focus has been helping to enable and mature State Farm’s CI/CD practices for public cloud and Kubernetes environments. He began his career in retail management before being blessed with the opportunity to return to school. In 2015 he earned a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering degree from Arizona State University. He likes to tell people he took the ‘scenic route’ through college, but it is more of a reminder that it’s never too late to achieve your dreams.

He’s been married to his fantastic wife for 12 years and they have 2 (mostly) wonderful children (ages 8 and 6) that do their best to keep their parents on their toes. He and his wife both enjoy fitness and the outdoors.

From Wild West to Flux Multi-Tenancy

At State Farm we run a large multi-tenant on-prem kubernetes cluster (200 namespaces per data center). Kubernetes adoption at State Farm quickly took off with heavy reliance on a centralized k8s admin team that took care of cluster administration. In this talk we will share how the State Farm GitOps team helped to:

  • Simplify application deployment while meeting compliance requirements
  • Enable the admin team to handle scale, embrace the declarative nature of kubernetes, increase transparency, and mature the shared responsibility model between administrators and consumers of our kubernetes platform