Velocity News and Coverage

News Release: O'Reilly Velocity Conference Gathers Web Performance and Operations Experts

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by Jackie Hadley, Communications Associate  Jul 21, 2009  

Top Experts in Web Performance and Operations Draw High Turnout
O’Reilly Velocity Conference Shows How to Achieve Website Speed and Reliability

Sebastopol, CA, July 16, 2009—The second year of the O'’Reilly Velocity Web Performance and Operations Conference drew more than 700 web developers and experts, a larger group than attended last year’s, to San Jose June 22-24, 2009. They came to Velocity to pose their toughest questions to the people doing the best performance and operations work in the world.

“The fact that attendance has surpassed last year says something about the growing importance of this new field,” said O’Reilly Media founder and CEO, Tim O’Reilly.

Conference co-chairs Steve Souders of Google and Jesse Robbins of OpsCode and O’Reilly Radar designed the three-day conference with dedicated tracks for both web performance and web operations. Among nearly 80 speakers were some of the most innovative minds at industry-leading companies.

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Mozilla, GoGrid, Google Speakers Slated for Velocity

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by Suzanne Axtell  May 22, 2009  

The second edition of Velocity, the Web Performance and Operations Conference from O’Reilly, is just about four weeks away. Program co-chairs Jesse Robbins (recently named Geek of the Week by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer) and Steve Souders are putting the final touches on the program; new speakers just confirmed include:

  • Ben Galbraith and Dion Almaer of Mozilla will delve into developer tools used to enhance web performance in their presentation, On Responsiveness
  • Randy Bias, Technology Strategy VP at GoGrid, will chart the tactical and strategic vision around the technology for the GoGrid cloud computing platform
  • In Go with the Reflow, Google’s Lindsey Simon will present some findings from testing reflow times in a variety of browsers under different conditions

For another peek into what’s in store at Velocity, be sure to read James Turner’s interview with Microsoft’s Eric Schurman, The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number.

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Early Registration Savings and Free Hotel Night Contest Deadline

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by Suzanne Axtell  Apr 21, 2009  

Everyone who registers for Velocity by May 3 not only saves up to $150, but is also entered to win one free night at The Fairmont (during Velocity conference dates only).

The downturn is no time for downtime. If you are tasked with building faster sites, designing scalable infrastructure, and delivering a superior, always-available customer experience, Velocity is the single best place to go for crucial skills and knowledge.

Whether you work for a top-flight company or are a freelance rock star, Velocity addresses the tangibles and intangibles you are already taking into consideration when planning your conference budget for this year, from ROI, tools, and techniques to networking with experts and sharpening marketable job skills.

Just a few of the top practitioners you’ll hear from include:

If you’re planning to attend, we encourage you to book a room now at The Fairmont San Jose to put yourself close to the action and increase your opportunities the conversations and revelations happen between attendees after the session are done for the day.

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News Release: O'Reilly Velocity, the Web Performance and Operations Conference, Opens Registration

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by Jackie Hadley, Communications Associate  Mar 06, 2009  

Program Teaches How to Build a Better Internet

Sebastopol, CA, March 5, 2009—O’Reilly Media has opened early registration for Velocity, the Web Performance and Operations Conference on June 22-24, 2009, at the Fairmont in San Jose, CA. Program chairs Jesse Robbins and Steve Souders have revealed the program for this three-day event dedicated to helping people build better infrastructures. Early registration savings of up to $300 end May 3, 2009.

Velocity provides the place to learn how to build websites and services that raise the standards for fast, scalable, efficient, and reliable performance. Velocity 2009 focuses on accomplishing more with fewer resources, efficient design and scaling techniques, and the best ways to manage change. The program also highlights best practices in performance and operations that improve the user experience as well as the company’s bottom line.

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Zawodny, Walls, Scott Headline Velocity Conference

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by Suzanne Axtell  Mar 04, 2009  

Program chairs Jesse Robbins and Steve Souders have just unveiled the schedule for the second edition of Velocity, the web performance and operations conference. Building on the very successful premiere of the event last year, Velocity will feature some of the most talented experts in the business, giving all participants the skills and knowledge they need to raise their game and beef up the bottom line–critical functions in this down economy.

A sampling of the speakers and topics on the agenda include:

New to Velocity 2009 is a full day of workshops, which will immerse participants more deeply into essential issues for making websites fast, scalable, efficient, and available.

Registration is also open; the early registration discount ends May 4.

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Last Day to Submit a Talk for Velocity

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by Suzanne Axtell  Jan 12, 2009  

11:59 p.m. Jan. 12 is the deadline to submit speaking proposals for Velocity, the O’Reilly conference on web performance and operations. The program committee is interested in presentations for a variety of skill levels around the following topics:

  • How to tie web performance and operations to the bottom line
  • Real-world incident management - getting “tight like a pit crew”
  • Making websites as fast and reliable as desktop apps
  • Networking, DNS, and load balancing
  • Profiling’s not just on the backend: JavaScript, CSS, and the network
  • Managing web services - flaming disasters you survived and lessons learned
  • The intersection between performance and design
  • Wicked cool (and actionable) metrics
  • Ads, ads, ads - the performance killer?
  • Troubleshooting in production
  • How to scale and be fast on the social web
  • Capacity planning and load testing
  • Establishing performance and operations best practices within your organization
  • Configuration management best (and worst) tools and practices
  • Monitoring and instrumentation: Open Source, as a service, commercially supported solutions
  • Using multiple CDNs to improve customer experience and reduce cost

A limited number of speaking opportunities are also available through conference sponsorship. Contact Sharon Cordesse at scordesse@oreilly.com for more information.

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Last Day to Submit a Talk for Velocity

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by Suzanne Axtell, Communications Gal  Jan 12, 2009  

11:59 p.m. Jan. 12 is the deadline to submit speaking proposals for Velocity, the O’Reilly conference on web performance and operations. The program committee is interested in presentations for a variety of skill levels around the following topics:

  • How to tie web performance and operations to the bottom line
  • Real-world incident management - getting “tight like a pit crew”
  • Making websites as fast and reliable as desktop apps
  • Networking, DNS, and load balancing
  • Profiling’s not just on the backend: JavaScript, CSS, and the network
  • Managing web services - flaming disasters you survived and lessons learned
  • The intersection between performance and design
  • Wicked cool (and actionable) metrics
  • Ads, ads, ads - the performance killer?
  • Troubleshooting in production
  • How to scale and be fast on the social web
  • Capacity planning and load testing
  • Establishing performance and operations best practices within your organization
  • Configuration management best (and worst) tools and practices
  • Monitoring and instrumentation: Open Source, as a service, commercially supported solutions
  • Using multiple CDNs to improve customer experience and reduce cost

A limited number of speaking opportunities are also available through conference sponsorship. Contact Sharon Cordesse at scordesse@oreilly.com for more information.

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News Release: Infrastructure Meets Inspiration at Velocity 2009

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by Jackie Hadley, Communications Associate  Nov 19, 2008  

O’Reilly Conference Opens Call for Participation

Sebastopol, CA, November 17—Want to make your websites fast, scalable, efficient, and reliable? O’Reilly’s Velocity, the Web Performance and Operations Conference on June 22-24, 2009, at the Fairmont in San Jose, CA, shows how to develop those traits. Dedicated to helping people build better infrastructures, Velocity offers developers and engineers the key for crossing over from cool Web 2.0 features to sustainable websites. Program chairs Jesse Robbins and Steve Souders have opened the call for participation and invite proposals for conference sessions, panels, and a newly added full day of tutorials at Velocity 2009.

“Velocity pulls together industry leaders covering the most important areas of web performance and operations. I’m looking forward to discussing how to get the most out of the latest browsers including Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 3, Safari 4, and Chrome. The competition is really strong in this area, especially with regard to JavaScript performance,” says Steve. “Another theme we’re highlighting is best practices in performance and operations that improve the user experience as well as the company’s bottom line. These are the best kind of win-win optimizations that everyone can rally behind.”

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Last Day to Submit a Talk for Velocity

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by Suzanne Axtell, Communications Gal  Jan 12, 2009  

EOD Jan. 12 is the deadline to submit speaking proposals for Velocity, the O’Reilly conference on web performance and operations. The program committee is interested in presentations for a variety of skill levels around the following topics:

  • How to tie web performance and operations to the bottom line
  • Real-world incident management - getting “tight like a pit crew”
  • Making websites as fast and reliable as desktop apps
  • Networking, DNS, and load balancing
  • Profiling’s not just on the backend: JavaScript, CSS, and the network
  • Managing web services - flaming disasters you survived and lessons learned
  • The intersection between performance and design
  • Wicked cool (and actionable) metrics
  • Ads, ads, ads - the performance killer?
  • Troubleshooting in production
  • How to scale and be fast on the social web
  • Capacity planning and load testing
  • Establishing performance and operations best practices within your organization
  • Configuration management best (and worst) tools and practices
  • Monitoring and instrumentation: Open Source, as a service, commercially supported solutions
  • Using multiple CDNs to improve customer experience and reduce cost

A limited number of speaking opportunities are also available through conference sponsorship. Contact Sharon Cordesse at scordesse@oreilly.com for more information.

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News Release: Infrastructure Meets Inspiration at Velocity 2009

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by Jackie Hadley, Communications Associate  Nov 19, 2008  

O’Reilly Conference Opens Call for Participation

Sebastopol, CA, November 17—Want to make your websites fast, scalable, efficient, and reliable? O’Reilly’s Velocity, the Web Performance and Operations Conference on June 22-24, 2009, at the Fairmont in San Jose, CA, shows how to develop those traits. Dedicated to helping people build better infrastructures, Velocity offers developers and engineers the key for crossing over from cool Web 2.0 features to sustainable websites. Program chairs Jesse Robbins and Steve Souders have opened the call for participation and invite proposals for conference sessions, panels, and a newly added full day of tutorials at Velocity 2009.

“Velocity pulls together industry leaders covering the most important areas of web performance and operations. I’m looking forward to discussing how to get the most out of the latest browsers including Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 3, Safari 4, and Chrome. The competition is really strong in this area, especially with regard to JavaScript performance,” says Steve. “Another theme we’re highlighting is best practices in performance and operations that improve the user experience as well as the company’s bottom line. These are the best kind of win-win optimizations that everyone can rally behind.”

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Best of Velocity '08: Web Ops

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by Jackie Hadley, Communications Associate  Oct 20, 2008  

Harish Mallipeddi’s Blog: Commenting on Velocity ‘08

I finally had time tonight to look at the presentations from Velocity 08. If you’re interested, they’re all available on the Oreilly conference website.

Personally I thought the following two talks were awesome:

* Capacity Management by John Allspaw (Flickr Ops Mgr)

* Building an Automated Infrastructure by Adam Jacob

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BusinessWeek: Making Maps Work When Disaster Strikes

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by Maureen Jennings, Conferences Publicist  Jul 08, 2008  

Jesse Robbin’s experiences as an emergency responder at Hurricane Katrina introduce this piece on mapping tools designed for use during disasters.

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New York Times: As Web Traffic Grows, Crashes Take Bigger Toll

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by Maureen Jennings, Conferences Publicist  Jul 08, 2008  

“When these sites go away, it’s a sudden loss. It’s like you are standing in the middle of Macy’s and the power goes out. When the thing you depend on to live your daily life suddenly goes away, it’s trauma…These companies have a responsibility to people who rely and depend on them, just as people going over a public bridge expect that the bridge won’t suddenly collapse,” says Velocity cochair Jesse Robbins in Brad Stone’s article on Web sites’ performance.

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Apple Universe:Velocity Highlights

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by Maureen Jennings, Conferences Publicist  Jun 24, 2008  

Teen blogger Daniel Brusilovsky used his first conference media pass to produce great coverage of the introduction of CloudStatus, learn about Device Anywhere, and for some live blogging of the conference’s opening hours.

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Slashdot: Huge Traffic On Wikipedia's Non-Profit Budget

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by Maureen Jennings, Conferences Publicist  Jun 24, 2008  

“Domas Mituzas of MySQL/Sun gave a presentation Monday at the Velocity conference that provided an inside look at the technology behind Wikipedia, which he calls an ‘operations underdog,’” writes Rich Miller.

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CNet: Google: Server Efficiency Needs New RECIPE

[Velocity]
by Maureen Jennings, Conferences Publicist  Jun 23, 2008  

Stephen Shankland on Google engineer Luis Barroso’s discussion of models servers can use to increase efficiency by lowering power consumption.

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Data Center Knowledge:CloudStatus Monitors Amazon's Cloud

[Velocity]
by Maureen Jennings, Conferences Publicist  Jun 23, 2008  

Rich Miller covers another major announcement from Velocity.

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Data Center Knowledge: Cassatt: Power Down for Energy Savings

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by Maureen Jennings, Conferences Publicist  Jun 23, 2008  

Rich Miller reports on Bill Coleman’s Velocity keynote, “Sometimes the path to a greener data center happens in small steps that appear obvious but often are left undone.”

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Valleywag.com: How fast is your website? Mine goes warp speed

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by Maureen Jennings, Conferences Publicist  Jun 23, 2008  

Valleywag on Velocity: “If you’re not there right now, show up tomorrow and figure out how to make your site run harder, better, faster, stronger. ”

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Networkworld: Velocity Web Operation and Performance Conference Day 1, Plenary Sessions.

[Velocity]
by Maureen Jennings, Conferences Publicist  Jun 23, 2008  

Datacenter Junkie Michael Halligan summarizes the first morning at Velocity.

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News Release: Cassatt CEO Bill Coleman to Keynote O'Reilly Velocity Conference

[Velocity]
by Maureen Jennings, Conferences Publicist  Jun 19, 2008  

Examiner.com includes a great quote from program Jesse Robbins in
this announcement.

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Two New Open Source Projects to Debut at Velocity

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by Suzanne Axtell, Communications Gal  Jun 18, 2008  

Over on the O’Reilly Radar, Velocity co-chair Jesse Robbins notes that two new projects will be launched at the conference: Jiffy and EUCALPYTUS.

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Coleman, Chaudhary, Fowler, Soltero, Prokop, Quinlan to Keynote at Velocity

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by Suzanne Axtell, Communications Gal  Jun 17, 2008  

The keynote presentation line-up for Velocity has been confirmed, and it looks like an excellent mix of speakers and ideas:

  • Bill Coleman (Cassatt Corporation), “Green Data Centers”
  • Vik Chaudhary (Keynote Systems, Inc.), “Keynote Systems Launches KITE”
  • John Fowler (Sun Microsystems), “Innovation That Drives Opportunity for the Web Infrastructure”
  • Javier Soltero (Hyperic, Inc.), “Clouds Are No Substitute for Competence”
  • Harald Prokop (Akamai Technologies), “How to Accelerate Non-cacheable, Dynamic Sites Leveraging a Globally Distributed Platform”
  • Sean Quinlan (Google, Inc.), “Storage at Scale”

And here’s the full conference schedule.

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Ignite Velocity: Submissions Open til June 9

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by Suzanne Axtell, Communications Gal  Jun 04, 2008  

The inaugural Velocity conference will feature Ignite! on Monday, June 23 at 8:45 p.m. Each of the 16 Ignite! talks will be five minutes long–20 slides at only 15 seconds a slide. There are still a few slots open for cool ideas, hacks, and lessons. If you’d like to share your war stories with a lot of other web performance and ops practitioners, submit a proposal by June 9. Velocity co-chair Jesse Robbins will be accepting and announcing good talks as they come in, with the final lineup posted on June 13. Remember, Ignite Velocity is free and will be open to all.

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Automated Infrastructure Discussion with Jesse Robbins and Adam Jacob

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by Suzanne Axtell, Communications Gal  May 14, 2008  

Adam Jacob joins Velocity program co-chair Jesse Robbins for a discussion around automated infrastructure, iClassify, and Puppet on IT Conversations’ Technometria series with Phil Windley.

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"Even Faster Web Sites" Webcast Posted to YouTube

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by Suzanne Axtell, Communications Gal  May 07, 2008  

Velocity conference co-chair Steve Souders recently participated in a webcast on “Even Faster Web Sites”:


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O'Reilly Radar: More On High Performance Websites

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by Suzanne Axtell, Communications Gal  May 03, 2008  

Brady Forrest has posted an entry about one of the co-chairs of Velocity:
“Last week Steve Souders, the author of the O’Reilly book High Performance Web Sites and creator of Firefox plugin YSlow, presented his latest website performance findings at the Web 2.0 Expo.”

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Even Faster Web Sites: Webcast with Steve Souders Scheduled for April 24

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by Suzanne Axtell, Communications Gal  Apr 17, 2008  

Steve Souders, co-chair of Velocity and author of High Performance Web Sites (at one point the #1 selling computer book on Amazon) will explain the Performance Golden Rule, review his performance best practices, and use YSlow to analyze the top web sites in the world. Introducing Steve will be Andy Oram, author, blogger, and senior editor for O’Reilly Media.

This is a free live event taking place Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 17:00 GMT for approximately 45 minutes. Attendance is limited, so register now. We’ll send you a reminder before the webcast. And please feel free to invite your friends and colleagues to join in!

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Programmers Heaven: Velocity Web Performance and Operations Conference

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by Suzanne Axtell, Communications Gal  Apr 06, 2008  

Media partner Programmers Heaven has posted a summary of the conference.

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New Speakers Added to Velocity Program

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by Suzanne Axtell, Communications Gal  Apr 01, 2008  

We’ve just heard from program co-chairs Steve Souders and Jesse Robbins that more speakers have been added to the schedule for Velocity, our new web performance and operations conference, including Bill Scott from Netlix on Measuring Performance. The speaker list now includes folks from Microsoft, AOL, Amazon, Sun Microsystems, Mozilla, Farecast, LinkedIn, OpenDNS, plus many others sharing perspectives and expertise.

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Velocity Agenda Released

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by Suzanne Axtell, Communications Gal  Feb 29, 2008  

Brand new to the O’Reilly conference line-up this year is Velocity and we’re excited to be opening up a conversation in this space. Program chairs Steve Souders and Jesse Robbins have just unveiled the preliminary line-up of speakers and sessions, which follow two tracks: Performance and Operations. (Registering by May 5 saves you 350 bucks, too.)

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Config Management Blog: O'Reilly Announces Velocity Conference

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by Dawn Applegate  Nov 27, 2007  

A nice mention in the Config-mgmt mailing list blog regarding Velocity:

Looks like it’s pretty web-site focused, but it should be interesting
for others, too.

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Web at ABB: Geeky Stuff

Systems Admin Blog: Velocity

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by Dawn Applegate  Nov 19, 2007  

Here’s a mention for our latest conference: Velocity:

O’Reilly has announced a new conference called Velocity. From their front page:

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Yahoo Developer Network: Velocity Web Performance and Operations Conference

O'Reilly Radar: O'Reilly launches Velocity Web Performance and Operations Conference

Press Release: Velocity Conference: Call For Participation Open

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by Dawn Applegate  Nov 15, 2007  

Start your engines ladies and gentleman, Velocity 2008 call for participation is officially open!

Velocity Press Release

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O'Reilly Radar: High Performance Web Sites

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by Dawn Applegate  Oct 31, 2007  

Tim recently had an O’Reilly Radar post on high performance websites, which includes a discussion on our new conference: Velocity:

We’ve long believed that one of the side-effects of Web 2.0 and the demands of the internet as platform is that more is required of web sites than ever before in terms of availability, performance, and scalability

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  • Google
  • Hyperic
  • Sun Microsystems
  • 3Tera, Inc
  • Coradiant
  • Keynote Systems
  • Limelight Networks, Inc.
  • OpSource
  • TechRepublic

Sponsorship Opportunities

For information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at the conference, contact Sharon Cordesse at scordesse@oreilly.com.

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