About Velocity 2009

Experience Velocity | Who Should Attend | Velocity Testimonials | Program Committee

Join us at Velocity, the O'Reilly conference dedicated to helping people build a better Internet.

Web companies, big and small, face the same challenges. Our pages must be fast, our infrastructure must scale up (and down) efficiently, and our sites and services must be reliable... without burning out the team. Velocity is the best place to learn from peers, exchange ideas with experts, and share best practices and painful lessons learned.

Why Attend

Build Faster Web Apps
Want to speed up your web site by 25% or more while reducing costs? At the Velocity Conference, you'll learn best practices for optimizing your web pages, specifically the performance of Ajax, CSS, JavaScript, and images. Even sites that had already been optimized can benefit, making for both a better customer experience and bottom line.

Quality Time with Experts
Take advantage of this rare opportunity to meet face to face with a cadre of industry leaders who are taking web performance and operations to the next level. Share ideas and get your toughest questions answered from the experts. Bring your team and your laptops, and leave with new insights.

Three Intense Days Devoted to Web Performance and Operations
Velocity packs a wealth of big ideas, know-how, and connections into three concentrated days. You'll be able to apply what you've learned immediately for high impact results and you'll come away prepared for what's ahead.

Experience Velocity

  • Two tracks covering the key aspects of web performance and operations in depth
  • Inspirational keynote presentations that bring clarity to thorny issues
  • Over 600 web developers and experts under one roof
  • An Exhibit Hall featuring dozens of the latest tools and products
  • Ignite, a rapid-fire showcase of amazing projects and ideas
  • Fun evening events, Birds of a Feather sessions, and plenty of networking opportunities

Who Should Attend

  • Developers, engineers, and managers from companies of all sizes
  • Technical executives looking out for the bottom line
  • CTOs and CIOs seeking to streamline operations
  • Technology evangelists and entrepreneurs pushing their enterprise boundaries
  • Researchers and academics

Velocity 2008 brought people from companies and organizations like: Adobe, Akamai, 4INFO, Inc., Alert Logic, Amazon Web Services, AOL, Ask.com, BitTorrent, BlueArc, Career Builder, Boeing, CNET Networks, Comcast, Cordiant, DeviceAnywhere, EngineYard, FirstRain, Inc., Flickr, Google, Hyperic, Innovative Interfaces, Intel, IT Structures, Keynote Systems, LinkedIn, Medallia, Inc., Microsoft, Mozilla Corporation, MySQL, Netflix, OpSource, photobucket.com, Rediff.com, RightScale, Salesforce.com, Serena, Shopzilla, Six Apart, Spurkle Ltd., StumbleUpon, Sun Microsystems, Ticketmaster, Tucows, Verizon Business, WhitePages.com

Velocity 2008 sponsors and exhibitors included: Akamai, Google, Hyperic, Sun Microsystems, 3Tera, Cordiant, Keynote Systems, Limelight Networks, Inc., OpSource, Amazon Web Services, BlueArc, ControlTier, DeviceAnywhere, RightScale, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Webmetrics

Velocity Conference Kudos

"I personally found the Velocity summit one of the most practical conferences I attended all year. I took home a number of ideas that translated into improving performance on the Netflix site. One thing that really made the difference was all of the speakers were experienced practitioners. The other great thing was the abundance of short talks. By having more speakers the information was served up in a nice condensed manner." —Bill Scott, Netflix, co-author of Designing Web Interfaces

"I feel Velocity Conference really serves a need in the community to bring folks with like goals together to learn from one another. The quality of the content in each presentation was really outstanding...Velocity 2009 was a great experience, and I look forward to next year’s event!" —ServerUnderground

"Overall, the Velocity conference was a great way to get up to speed on the latest in web performance issues. I’m looking forward to next year!" —Web Performance, Inc.

"Velocity is the best conf for web engineers I've been to so far. Solid talks and invaluable info. Worth every penny!" —Ismail Elshareef, , via Twitter

"I can say without hyperbole that this was the best conference I’ve attended. The presentations were from people doing real large-scale web development and included a fair amount of real data and some of their solutions to hard problems." —robcee

"Velocity fills a very important hole in the art of building great on-line services: a focus on performance that no other conference can match. The 2009 Velocity conference looks to be the best yet, with sessions that cover all layers of the web application stack." —Jeremy Zawodny, Craigslist.

"I educated hundreds of people here at Time Inc., after the [Velocity] conference. The knowledge I gained and passed to others, impacted the way our business clients perceive their sites as successful. Of course, I'll send the endorsement for Velocity 2009!" —Alla Gringaus, Time, Inc.

"...an eye opener in terms of improving and maintaining performance on very large web sites." —Mike Brunt, Musings from a ColdFusion Aficionado

"Velocity is the conference I always wanted. Instead of focusing on one particular product or technology, it focuses on the true problem of keeping websites fast and available, which a lot of us have to deal with" —Peter Zaitsev, CEO Percona Inc., co-author of High Performance MySQL

"I was an attendee and speaker at Velocity 2008, and was quite impressed. More than 600 people attended, and the folks I met ran the gamut from those wanting to learn from the experts, to the experts themselves. Velocity 2009 promises even more. This year it's a day longer, providing for more sessions and greater depth. There's not a better place to meet your peers in the Web Performance and Operations community." —Eric Goldsmith, AOL.

"Velocity 2008 was an event that gathered together top performance experts from companies such as Google, Yahoo!, Mozilla, AOL, Microsoft, Netflix and the developers of tools and applications like HTTPWatch, Fiddler, Firebug, and, of course, Firefox and IE. It was a great learning and networking experience and I'm looking forward to more of the same in 2009!" —Stoyan Stefanov, Yahoo!.

The Velocity conference is the best ops focused event I've been to, the content was highly technical and not just teaser." —Ezra Zygmuntowicz, Engine Yard.

"O'Reilly's Velocity conference is the intersection of a Venn diagram for web services and operations, and it demonstrates that both are getting more interesting as they gain in importance. If you're looking for the best topics and experts in these spaces or their confluence, this is the conference for you." —Luke Kanies, Reductive Labs, Creator of 'Puppet'

"Velocity '08 was the first conference dedicated to Internet and Web operators. I was extremely impressed by the technical depth of the tracks, presenters, and attendees. Velocity is now one of my three 'must go' yearly events even though it is only in its second year of operation. I'm very excited for this year's event and look forward to further engaging With other web scale players." —Randy Bias, GoGrid.

"Performance is one of the difficult frontiers that web developers must push against. Velocity is a good forum for exchanging sightings and explorations." —Douglas Crockford, Yahoo!, Author of JavaScript: The Good Parts

"The knowledge and contacts I picked up at Velocity 2008 have been of tremendous value throughout the year. Most interesting were the talks that had never-before printed information about internal performance characteristics of Internet Explorer. I can't wait for another dose from Velocity 2009." —Tony Gentilcore, Software Engineer, Google, Creator of 'Fasterfox'

"Velocity is the conference where people talk about how to get things done in the real world - if you want to know how the best in the world handle their Operations, Velocity is the place to learn." —Adam Jacob, Opscode

"Velocity 2008 was a unique opportunity to access the latest and the best in techniques and strategies to help improve website performance. The knowledge we gained from the experience has gone a long way already to improve the quality of customer experience on our ever faster website. Having said that, I don't mind our website becoming even faster, and I look forward to Velocity 2009 to learn about how we could further our performance gains." —Ian Lee, Systems Performance Manager.

2009 Velocity Program Committee

Program Chairs

Jesse RobbinsJesse Robbins is CEO of Opscode and a recognized expert in Infrastructure, Web Operations, and Emergency Management. He serves as co-chair of the Velocity Web Performance & Operations Conference and contributes to the O'Reilly Radar. Prior to co-founding Opscode, he worked at Amazon.com with a title of “Master of Disaster” where he was responsible for Website Availability for every website bearing the Amazon brand. Jesse is a volunteer Firefighter/EMT and Emergency Manager, and he led a task force deployed in Operation Hurricane Katrina.

Steve SoudersSteve Souders Steve Souders works at Google on web performance and open source initiatives. His book High Performance Web Sites explains his best practices for performance along with the research and real-world results behind them. Steve is the creator of YSlow, Cuzillion, and Hammerhead. He is co-chair of Velocity and co-founder of the Firebug Working Group. He teaches CS193H High Performance Web Sites at Stanford, and frequently speaks at conferences including OSCON, The Ajax Experience, SXSW, and Web 2.0 Expo.

Committee Members

John AllspawJohn Allspaw is currently Operations Engineering Manager at Flickr and the author of "The Art of Capacity Planning: Scaling Web Resources". Prior to Flickr, he's worn infrastructure and web ops hats at Friendster, Salon.com, InfoWorld, and MacWorld. In a previous life, he was a modeling and simulation engineer in the field of vehicle crashworthiness research. This means he's seen lots of things crash, not all of them servers and routers.

Artur BergmanArtur Bergman, hacker and technologist at-large, is the director of engineering at Wikia, supporting its mission to compile and index the world's knowledge. He is also an enthusiastic apologist for federated identity and a board member of the OpenID Foundation. His current interests include semantic search, large scale infrastructure, open source development, federated instant messaging, neurotransmitters, and the future of cyborgs.

Scott RuthfieldScott Ruthfield is the founder of Rooster Park Consulting, focusing on executive technology consulting in the Seattle area, and is currently the interim VP of Development at Virtuoso, a luxury travel services and supply chain provider. Prior to that, he was the VP of Engineering & Technology at WhitePages.com, the world’s most popular people search engine, and led the development of Jiffy, an open-source package for real-world web page instrumentation and measurement. Before joining WhitePages, Scott was at Amazon.com, where he led technology and business strategy in areas including customer reviews, employee blogs, e-mail marketing and the (current) Gold Box.

Eric SchurmanEric Schurman is currently a Principal Development Lead at Microsoft's Live Search, where he is responsible for making the site feel as responsive as possible to customers. Prior to that he's written books, written training software, worked for Adobe and Aldus, and run development for Microsoft's home page, Download Center, and various other properties.

Mandi WallsMandi Walls is a Principal System Administrator at AOL, where she is currently responsible for the daily care and feeding of AOL.com. She has also been involved with AOL's Channels, Video, News, and Travel sites. Prior to joining AOL, Mandi supported bioinformatics systems for the National Human Genome Research Center, and taught IT classes in systems management and security. Mandi holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from George Washington University and is pursuing an MBA at UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School. In her spare time, Mandi is a technology tutor for the Fairfax County Library in Reston, Virginia, and is a member of Kiwanis International.

  • Keynote Systems
  • Google
  • Shopzilla
  • Aptimize
  • Facebook
  • NeuStar
  • Rackspace Cloud
  • Schooner Information Technology
  • SoftLayer
  • SpringSource
  • Sun Microsystems

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