Sidney Shek


Architect at Atlassian

Sidney has over 10 years experience in developing and architecting real-time and mission critical software systems across many industries ranging from financial services to manufacturing. He likes challenging traditional constraints, and applying the latest R&D and technologies in elegant yet reliable solutions to real-world problems. At Atlassian, he is an Architect overseeing the transformation of identity systems into a massively scalable and flexible platform for users, product developers and the ecosystem alike. He believes FP principles like immutable data, type-safety and idempotence need to be ingrained in architects and programmers alike.

YOW! West 2015 Perth

Breaking Microservices out of Monoliths without the Customer Noticing


At Atlassian, we’ve been migrating applications in our Cloud platform to a microservice-based architecture to support the scale and agility we need to grow long into the future. While developing small microservices with the latest tech stacks is relatively quick and fun, rolling out such radical architectural changes to 60,000+ existing instances of systems used continuously by our customers with minimal downtime and no loss of data is extremely challenging. In this talk, we’ll describe our safety-first approach for achieving this, using our recent work rolling out a microservice binary data storage and migrating many terabytes of attachment data from JIRA into AWS as our main case study. We will discuss our success stories and learnings for rapidly developing new microservices with pure functional architecture, planning and executing safe rollout, and engaging the rest of the organisation to achieve immediate and future business benefits.