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We Start With Secure

Operational excellence starts with policies and procedures that provide for streamlined, efficient, and predictable development, deployment and management of both infrastructure and applications.

Security requirements need to be inherent to infrastructure automation, system builds and ongoing operations — a prerequisite, not an afterthought.

The OpStack Way

Automation is Smart Business

There are just too many applications, containers, and servers in the world to administer them one at a time. Whether you are deploying servers and applications in a data center, a private cloud, or a public cloud, automating your operations function is now necessary for success. The OpStack team of experienced practitioners has successfully automated operations for top 10 banks, big 4 accounting firms, billion dollar SaaS providers, and Fortune 100 e-commerce sites.

OpStack Automates

The Stack Builder

The OpStack team has worked with dozens of software languages, tools, and packages in automating operations as employees of a half-dozen different firms over the last 15 years. Some lessons can only be learned by hands on experience and successful trial-and-error.

The OpStack Stack Builder builds on the best available open source languages and components to simplify the automation of processes across both our customers in-house and cloud infrastructure assets. By providing a framework and common set of tools, the orchestration of complex processes across disciplines becomes straight-forward and manageable.

The Stack Builder

Featured Stack Leveraging Cloud Technology
as Trading Infrastructure

Trading systems have long exploited new technologies to give market participants advantages in understanding, strategy, and timing to improve outcomes. The increasing exploitation of latency reductions for market advantage has made co-location with major venues critical — leading market participants to make increasing capital expenses for on-premise and co-lo infrastructure.

For much of IT, the major trend in the second decade of the century is the move to leverage major cloud service providers to provide flexibility, innovation, and capital efficiency in providing services. Regulatory, control, and latency requirements for trading systems have made them one of the last application areas to move to the cloud. OpStack believes that with thoughtful architecture it can be remarkably effective to build and operate trading systems using a hybrid cloud approach.

In consultation with the lead architect at a financial services firm, OpStack developed this reference infrastructure to allow leveraging public cloud services to substantially reduce the capital investment needed to enter a new market without sacrificing any competitive advantage to other participants fully co-located with the electronic trading venues. In this architecture, the presumption was to use cloud neutral technologies (Docker, Kubernetes, et al) with the possibility of replacing some of the less latency sensitive elements with PaaS elements — we envisioned the trade history databases leveraging a cloud DBaaS (Database as a Service) offering rather than building and maintaining dedicated clusters from scratch on cloud IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service).

OpStack uses discussion documents, like this one, as a means of creating conversations with partners that lead to business-specific solutions. We specified this candidate architecture in a fair amount of detail in order to illustrate its viability and cost-effectiveness, with the understanding that a final solution for any client and market will be at least adjusted if not redirected by that ongoing discussion.

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The Stackers

We hate repetitive work — we want to minimize it in our lives and the lives of our customers. OpStack team members have successfully automated operations for top 10 banks, big 4 accounting firms, billion dollar SaaS providers, and Fortune 100 e-commerce sites.

We’ve evaluated the available technologies, defined the critical processes, and refined the OpStack approach across a wide range of technology architectures and platforms. The fundamentals of operations automation are a solved problem — this lets OpStack apply them to client-specific challenges and opportunities.

Evan Bauer
Evan Bauer Partner & Chief Stacker
John Bush
John Bush Partner & The Packager
David Kennedy
David Kennedy Partner & The Midnight Coder
Ray Ramirez
Ray Ramirez Partner & The Problem Solver
Jered Sutton
Jered Sutton Partner & The Source
Jared Trog
Jared Trog Partner & The Ninja
Amauri Viguera
Amauri Viguera Partner & The Diplomat
Chuck Kelley
Chuck Kelley Stacker & The Data Guru

Our Partners

OpStack was formed because we like and trust each other. Nothing is of more importance to a successful business than working with the right people.

When it comes to partnerships, that’s even more crucial. The teams and technologies you work with can make or break your customer, your business, your prosperity, and by extension, your well-being.

Open Source
Communities

We formed OpStack to be different. We believe that having an open bond with others builds valuable relationships. In addition to our partners above, we work with and participate actively in the community.

These communities are important sources of technical innovation, helping many firms develop successful market and profit strategies. We are strong supporters, beneficiaries and contributors of open source and open source projects.

Local
Communities

Whether this is sharing our code in the Open Source community or donating back to our local communities gives us a deeper sense of belonging and makes us all stronger.

OpStack partners formed the company with the knowledge that a workplace that encourages giving back is better for everyone—including those who’ll follow in our footsteps.