Schedule: Operations sessions

From open source, config managment, and effective deployment to navigating traffic spikes and new innovations in data center scalability, this track will give you the newest tools and techniques essential for managing a rock solid infrastructure.

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Theo Schlossnagle (OmniTI/Circonus)
Average rating: ****.
(4.38, 40 ratings)
Internet traffic spikes aren't what they used to be. It is now evident that even the smallest sites can suffer the attention of the global audience. This presentation dives into techniques to avoid collapse under dire circumstances. Looking at some real traffic spikes, we'll pinpoint what part of the architecture is crumbling under the load; then, walk though stop-gaps and complete solutions. Read more.
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209/210
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Benjamin Black (Boundary)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
In this workshop, attendees will learn everything they need to know about how to get an application up and running on Riak. This is intended to be a very hand-on session. Benjamin Black, who has done production work in Cassandra and Riak, will lead the workshop. Read more.
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Bret Piatt (Rackspace Hosting)
Average rating: *....
(1.67, 39 ratings)
This workshop will cover Cassandra design, deployment, and operations in both a theoretical best case target for those building their own facilities as well as an evaluation of how it can be deployed on various public cloud platforms. Read more.
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Adam Jacob (Opscode), Joshua Timberman (Opscode, Inc.), Christopher Brown (Opscode), Aaron Peterson (Opscode)
Average rating: ****.
(4.24, 25 ratings)
Infrastructure is code – the separation between how you manage your infrastructure and how you build your applications is disappearing. Adam Jacob, CTO of Opscode and primary author of Chef, will teach you what this means in practice – through showing how to deploy real-world applications with Chef on EC2. Read more.
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Ward Spangenberg (Zynga Game Network, Inc.)
Average rating: **...
(2.50, 16 ratings)
Taking a look at security and privacy in the cloud. We’ll examine the new risks, and what tools can mitigate them. We’ll discuss governance, compliance, and what systems we need to use to access cloud resources securely. We’ll deal with identity, single-sign-on, and so on. The goal is to determine whether security can be accomplished in the cloud. Read more.
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Lee Thompson (Lee Thompson), Alex Honor (ControlTier open source automation project)
Average rating: ***..
(3.95, 22 ratings)
From the UNIX operating systems to development tools, toolchains are a part of our daily lives. As the complexity and pressures of modern web operations have mounted, the need for a toolchain for automated operations is even more evident. Join us as we examine these emerging toolchains and their reference open source implementations. Read more.
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Leif Hedstrom (Apple)
Average rating: ***..
(3.21, 14 ratings)
Apache Traffic Server is an Open Source project implementing a caching HTTP proxy server, donated to the Apache Foundation by Yahoo! We will examine the technical details behind TS, and three ways TS is used to speed pageload times for a very large website. Read more.
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Ballroom AB
Tom Cook (Dropbox)
Average rating: ****.
(4.13, 38 ratings)
A look at the tools and practices used at Facebook to support the #2 site in the world. Read more.
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Ballroom CD
Average rating: ****.
(4.07, 15 ratings)
Drizzle is MySQL redesigned to work in the modern world. One of the most important parts of that is designing for huge deployments and all of the operational and logistical challenges associated with that. Come and hear what we're doing to make your life easier! Read more.
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Simon Frost (Veenoct Ltd)
Average rating: **...
(2.18, 11 ratings)
Users have high expectations of what an online video experience should be that current technologies cannot always meet. This talk explains how to choose the right platform to deliver video at scale and ensure the best possible user experience. Read more.
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Ballroom AB
Andrew Shafer (Parvus Captus)
Average rating: ****.
(4.12, 25 ratings)
Change management is the combination of process and tools by which changes are made to production systems. Approaches range from cowboy style, making changes to the live site, to complex rituals with secret incantations, coming full circle to continuous deployment. This presentation will highlight milestone practices along this spectrum, establishing a matrix for evaluating deployment process. Read more.
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John Willis (Enstratius), Damon Edwards (DTO Solutions)
Average rating: ***..
(3.94, 17 ratings)
In an orchestra, people with differing talents, timing, responsibilities, and tools all somehow come together to make a symphony. Is the task of achieving highly efficient and reliable IT operations all that different? In this light-hearted session based on real world examples, we'll examine the culture and tooling of highly effective and well orchestrated web operations. Read more.
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Ballroom AB
Lenny Rachitsky (Webmetrics/Neustar)
Average rating: ****.
(4.38, 16 ratings)
The only sure thing about your site is that it will someday go down. More importantly, thanks to Twitter the news of that downtime will not stay a secret for long. What matters now is how you respond to that downtime. A little preparation up front, a focus on transparency, and authentic communication are the keys to surviving downtime with your reputation intact. Read more.
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Thorsten von Eicken (RightScale, Inc)
Average rating: ***..
(3.56, 9 ratings)
This session will focus on best practices for scaling websites on the cloud using real-world case studies, including examples of how some of the top social games on the Web have used cloud computing to enable rapid, cost-effective growth. Read more.
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Ballroom AB
Justin Huff (Google, Inc), Tim Wilfong (Google Inc)
Average rating: **...
(2.59, 17 ratings)
The story of how Picnik removed a single point of failure by doubling it's operations staff from one person to two. We'll talk about when we made the move and how it worked out. Read more.
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George Reese (enStratus Networks LLC)
Average rating: ***..
(3.14, 7 ratings)
An examination of the issues that auto-scaling generates in the realm of enterprise cloud computing. This session will cover how the role of capacity planning changes, using multiple clouds to support cloud-bursting and cross-cloud scaling, and finally implementing financial controls into your autoscaling management. Read more.
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John Adams (Twitter)
Average rating: ***..
(3.60, 60 ratings)
Twitter has grown from a micro-blogging service to a real time communications system that is an underlying part of the web. With the rise of the service has come a scaling challenge, one that the operations and engineering team has met year after year. In this session, John will share some of their challenges from this year and to revisit the best practices that they've discovered along the way. Read more.
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209/210
Neil Gunther (Performance Dynamics Company), Shanti Subramanyam (Orzota, Inc.), Stefan Parvu (Oracle Finland)
Average rating: ****.
(4.62, 21 ratings)
Much of the FOSS stack used for running webapps e.g., memcached, mysql, rails, has scalability limitations that are masked by the widespread adoption of horizontal scaleout. But as traffic growth forces the need for cheaper multicore servers, multithreading scalability becomes a real gotcha. This talk will show you how to see such issues ahead of time, quantify them, and improve on them. Read more.
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Sam Quigley (Square, Inc), Coda Hale (Yammer, Inc.), Marc Hedlund (Etsy)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 12 ratings)
More and more webapps are storing sensitive data for their users. Personal finance company Wesabe has open sourced a piece of software, Grendel (http://github.com/wesabe/grendel), that we think can help many sites protect users’ data in a simple way. This talk will cover the ideas behind Grendel, how and where to use it, and its limitations and future directions. Read more.
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209/210
Adam Langley (Google), Nagendra Modadugu (Google), Wan-Teh Chang (Google)
Average rating: ****.
(4.18, 11 ratings)
Google engineers discuss the costs of serving Google's HTTPS traffic and how Google Chrome is working to make HTTPS faster on the web. Read more.
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209/210
Nick Gerner (SEOmoz)
Average rating: *....
(1.67, 3 ratings)
In this session you'll learn about measuring performance of cloud architectures. What simple off-the-shelf software is available? What performance indicators should you look at? What do those indicators tell you about cloud-based and traditional components? What kind of performance can you expect out of Amazon Web Services? Learn to measure, understand, and act on performance indicators. Read more.
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John Allspaw (Etsy.com)
Average rating: ****.
(4.24, 21 ratings)
Change to production environments can cause a good deal of stress and strain amongst development and operations teams. More and more organizations are seeing benefits from deploying small code changes more frequently, for stability and productivity reasons. But how can you figure out how much change is appropriate for your application or your culture? Read more.
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Sarah Novotny (NGINX)
Average rating: **...
(2.33, 3 ratings)
Different organizations mean different things when they talk about scaling. Sarah will offer some tips about a few different ways that this term is thrown around for MySQL databases. Each different dimension - data volume, read volume, and write volume - present different challenges to the operations and development staff working with the system. Read more.
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Ballroom CD
Average rating: ****.
(4.21, 19 ratings)
The challenges of running a website are different to managing downloadable software or an open source project, and require different approaches to version control. This session will take a look at the counterintuitive idea of shipping trunk and branching in code, which allows your developers to rapidly iterate in production without upsetting your operations team. Read more.
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209/210
Adam Jacob (Opscode)
Average rating: ****.
(4.92, 12 ratings)
An interactive talk covering just the key points from 16 different topics, Infrastructure Automation, Cloud Computing, Configuration Management tools, the NoSQL movement, effective Monitoring, building Open Source Communities for Systems Administrators, Startup tips, and more. Come get your questions answered, hear the 5 minute version of the talk you missed - you choose your own adventure. Read more.

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