Velocity 2011 Keynote Speakers

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John Allspaw

John AllspawSVP, Technical Operations,Etsy

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John has worked in systems operations for over fourteen years in biotech, government and online media. He started out tuning parallel clusters running vehicle crash simulations for the U.S. government, and then moved on to the Internet in 1997. He built the backing infrastructures at Salon, InfoWorld, Friendster, and Flickr.

He is now VP of Tech Operations at Etsy, and is the author of The Art of Capacity Planning published by O’Reilly.

8:30am Wednesday, 06/15/2011
Location: Mission City Ballroom
8:30am Thursday, 06/16/2011
Location: Mission City Ballroom
Artur Bergman

Artur BergmanVP Engineering and Operations,Wikia/Fastly

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Artur Bergman, hacker and technologist at-large, is the VP of Engineering and Operations at Wikia. He provides the technical backbone necessary for Wikia’s 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. In past lives, he’s built high volume financial trading systems, re-implemented Perl 5’s threading system, wrote djabberd, managed LiveJournal’s engineering team, and served as operations architect at Six Apart. His current interests extend to encompass semantic search, large scale infrastructure, open source development, federated instant messaging, neurotransmitters, and the future of cyborgs.

9:35am Thursday, 06/16/2011
Artur Bergman talks about SSD's
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Mark Burgess

Mark BurgessCTO,Cfengine

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Mark Burgess is the founder, CTO and principal author of Cfengine. He is Professor of Network and System Administration at Oslo University College and has led the way in theory and practice of automation and policy based management for 20 years. In the 1990s he underlined the importance of idempotent, autonomous desired state management (“convergence”) and formalised cooperative systems in the 2000s (“promise theory”). He is the author of numerous books and papers on Network and System Administration and has won several prizes for his work.

10:25am Wednesday, 06/15/2011
The key challenges for infrastructure designers and maintainers today are scale, speed and complexity. Mark Burgess was one of the first people to look for ways of managing these issues based on theoretical analysis. Much of his work has gone into the highly successful software Cfengine, which is still very much a leading light in the industry.
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Rachel Chalmers

Rachel ChalmersResearch Director,The 451 Group

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Rachel has led the infrastructure software practice for The 451 Group since its debut in April 2000. She pioneered coverage on SOA, distributed application management, utility computing and open source software. Today she focuses on datacenter automation and server, desktop and application virtualization. She was also the lead author of many 451 Special Reports, including ’’V’ for Virtualization: Transforming the datacenter, driving M&A’ (Dec 2006) and ‘Virtualization II: Desktops and applications are next’ (Jun 2007).

Rachel began covering the technology sector in 1995, when she helped launch Computer Week, later PC Week Australia, for Australian Provincial Newspapers. She also worked as Deputy Editor of the award-winning Managing Information Systems (MIS) Magazine for the Strategic Publishing Group.

Rachel has a BA in English Literature from the University of Sydney and an MA in Anglo-Irish Literature from Trinity College, Dublin.

10:20am Thursday, 06/16/2011
It's easy to forget that the story of infrastructure is a human story. In this session, we will take a step back and trace the history of automation and virtualization, touching on specific pioneers and the use cases they developed for both technologies, looking at the emergence of the devops role and its significance as organizations move towards the cloud.
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Location: Mission City Ballroom
Vik Chaudhary

Vik ChaudharyVP Product Management & Corporate Development,Keynote

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Mr. Chaudhary is responsible for leading Keynote’s product management team and has extended the company into new markets via 15 acquisitions. He has spent over 20 years in chief executive, marketing and engineering positions in Silicon Valley, previously having served as VP Marketing and Corporate Development at Keynote, CEO of a cloud startup Bizmetric, and has held leadership roles at public software companies Gupta Technologies and Oracle Corporation. Mr. Chaudhary is a frequent speaker at industry events on Internet software, cloud computing, and business development, and has been featured in the New York Times and on the ABC News Nightline program. Mr. Chaudhary holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

9:45am Wednesday, 06/15/2011
Keynote demonstrates how you can improve the end-user experience of your latest smartphone apps. This year at Velocity, Keynote debuts Mobile Device Perspective 5.0 (MDP), a cloud based testing and monitoring platform for ensuring the end to end quality of iPhone, Android and BlackBerry mobile apps accessing online content, streaming video, music and games.
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Douglas Crockford

Douglas CrockfordArchitect,Yahoo! Inc.

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Douglas Crockford is an Architect at Yahoo! Inc. He discovered JSON while he was CTO of State Software. Previously, Doug was Founder and CEO of Electric Communities, Director of New Media at Paramount, Director of Technology at Lucasfilm Ltd., and a Researcher at Atari, Inc.

8:55am Wednesday, 06/15/2011
There are lies, damned lies, and benchmarks. Tuning language processor performance to benchmarks can have the unintended consequence of encouraging bad programming practices. This is the true story of developing a new benchmark with the intention of encouraging good practices.
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Ian Flint

Ian FlintArchitect,Yahoo!

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Ian Flint is a 14-year veteran of the Internet. He has founded and sold two successful startups, and has been an architect at eBay and Yahoo. He is currently the service architect for communities and communications at Yahoo.

8:35am Thursday, 06/16/2011
World IPv6 Day will be a day in early June when several major content providers will all be turning on IPv6 for their main sites for 24 hours. In this session, we'll be sharing lessons learned by Yahoo as we prepare for this day, and give preliminary data on the outcome. This will be an interactive session, with lots of time for questions and feedback.
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Manny GonzalezSenior Director of Mobile Technology,Keynote Systems

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Manny Gonzalez serves as Senior Director of Mobile Technology at Keynote Systems, Inc. in San Mateo, CA. He is responsible for the product management, engineering and advanced technical support of Keynote’s Mobile Test and Monitoring services. He has over 20 years of experience in developing and delivering software solutions in the high-tech industry.

At Keynote, Manny leads the development of Keynote’s web-based visualization and provisioning applications. This includes the company’s alarms engine, on-line reporting and real-time data feed services.

In his current role, he oversees all facets of mobile test and monitoring technology and is engaged in delivering next generation solutions for Keynote’s family of mobile services.

Prior to Keynote, Manny served as R&D manager and software architect at Mentor Graphics Corporation. There he held positions in Engineering, Technical Marketing and Program Management, working on alliances and technology integration ventures with Motorola, HP, LSI Logic, VLSI Design (NXP) and a variety of business partners.

9:45am Wednesday, 06/15/2011
Keynote demonstrates how you can improve the end-user experience of your latest smartphone apps. This year at Velocity, Keynote debuts Mobile Device Perspective 5.0 (MDP), a cloud based testing and monitoring platform for ensuring the end to end quality of iPhone, Android and BlackBerry mobile apps accessing online content, streaming video, music and games.
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Jonathan Heiliger

Jonathan HeiligerVP of Technical Operations,Facebook

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Jonathan Heiliger is the Vice President of Technical Operations at Facebook, where he oversees global infrastructure, site architecture and IT. Prior to Facebook, he was a technology advisor to several early-stage companies in connection with Index Ventures and Sequoia Capital. He formerly led the engineering team at Walmart.com, where he was responsible for infrastructure and building scalable systems. Jonathan also spent several years at Loudcloud (which became Opsware and was later acquired by HP) as the Chief Operating Officer. Earlier in his career, Jonathan was the CTO of Frontier GlobalCenter, and later founded Global Crossing’s corporate venture capital group. He was recognized by MIT as a “Young Innovator under 35” for his work in sparking Global Crossing’s services and technology investments.

8:50am Thursday, 06/16/2011
Keynote by Jonathan Heiliger.
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Arvind Jain

Arvind JainEngineering Director,Google

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Arvind Jain works as a Director of Enginering at Google. He is responsible for making Google products fast and also runs its “Make the Web faster” initiative. He also helped establish the W3C’s Web Performance Working Group and co-chairs it. In the past, he helped build the Youtube video serving system and Googlebot.

11:40am Thursday, 06/16/2011
Since last August, you have been able to get Google Search results instantly, even before you are done typing your query. But, that’s not enough. When you click on a result, you want that page to load instantly as well. If you don’t search, but navigate directly to a web page from the address bar, that should load instantly too.
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Jon Jenkins

Jon JenkinsDirector of Platform Analysis,Amazon.com

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Jon Jenkins is the Director of Platform Analysis at Amazon.com. He leads a team focused on designing and implementing highly-available architectures capable of operating within tight performance requirements at massive scale with minimal human intervention. Jon still loves getting his hands dirty and can’t resist the thrill of solving emergent problems. Prior to joining Amazon Jon spent time at several startups and he has a strong background in personalization technologies.

9:20am Thursday, 06/16/2011
Operations is can play a critical role in driving revenue for the business. This talk will explore some ways in which the ops team at Amazon is thinking outside the box to drive profitability. JJ will also issue a challenge for next year’s Velocity Conference
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Location: Mission City Ballroom
Presentation: Velocity Culture Presentation [PDF]
Michael  Kuperman

Michael KupermanVP of Operations,Cotendo

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Michael Kuperman has 10 years of experience in the CDN and ADN industry. To his role as VP of Operations at Cotendo he brings deep expertise in deploying and operating mission critical global environments in the US, Europe and Asia. Before joining Cotendo, Michael held senior Operations positions at a number of leading companies in the content delivery network industry. At Netli Michael ran Operations and led the deployment of the Netli Application Delivery Network Service from an idea to worldwide presence serving Fortune 1,000 companies. After Netli was acquired by Akamai, Michael ran the Network Operations team at Akamai before he joined CDNetworks as Director of Global Operations. At CDNetworks he was responsible for the company’s worldwide network in the US, EU and APAC and played a key role in the technical due diligence and global integration of the Panther Express acquisition. Michael holds a B.S. and M.B.A. from Kennedy Western University.

11:15am Wednesday, 06/15/2011
Analyze and accelerate your mobile performance.
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Patrick Lightbody

Patrick LightbodySr Director, Product Management,New Relic

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Patrick Lightbody is the founder of BrowserMob, a cutting edge load testing and website monitoring provider, which is now a part of Neustar. He also founded HostedQA, an automated web testing platform. He is an avid open source contributor, proving his passion by founding OpenQA, creating Selenium Remote Control and co-creating Struts 2. Patrick is currently Director of Product Management at Neustar.

11:20am Wednesday, 06/15/2011
Launched in December 2008, BrowserMob set out to change the way performance and load testing is done - all using the cloud. Learn from the founder how he built a high performance testing product on top of dozens of cloud technologies, and how the operational support the cloud provided enabled the company to not only profit from day one, but to be acquired within a year and a half of its launch.
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Tim O'Reilly

Tim O'ReillyFounder and CEO,O'Reilly Media, Inc.

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Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media. His original business plan was “interesting work for interesting people,” and that’s worked out pretty well. He publishes books, runs conferences, invests in early-stage startups, urges companies to create more value than they capture, and tries to change the world by spreading and amplifying the knowledge of innovators.

Tim is also a partner at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, a founder and board member of Safari Books Online and Maker Media, and on the boards of Code for America and PeerJ.

11:35am Wednesday, 06/15/2011
Tim O'Reilly shares his insights into the world of emerging technology, presenting his take on what matters most - and what will be most disruptive - to the tech community.
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Paul Querna

Paul QuernaArchitect,Rackspace

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Paul Querna is an Architect at Rackspace, and former Chief Architect at Cloudkick. Paul has participated in many open source projects and is a committer to the Apache HTTP Server and Apache Libcloud, the open source library for developers to build portable cloud applications. Paul also previously served as VP of Infrastructure for the Apache Software Foundation.

11:35am Thursday, 06/16/2011
Cast is an open source platform for deploying and managing applications being developed by Rackspace. Cast is the bridge between traditional configuration management like Puppet or Chef, and the longer term shift to Platforms as a Service. Cast is written in Node.js, built entirely on top of HTTP APIs for easy control, and has plugins and hooks to make customization trivial.
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Sreeram Ramachandran

Sreeram RamachandranSoftware Engineer,Google

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Sreeram is a Software Engineer at Google. He works on the “Make the web fast” initiative, focusing on awareness and tools to help decrease latency. Prior to this, he worked on improving search quality and ranking at Google. He graduated with a Masters in Computing from the National University of Singapore.

11:40am Thursday, 06/16/2011
Since last August, you have been able to get Google Search results instantly, even before you are done typing your query. But, that’s not enough. When you click on a result, you want that page to load instantly as well. If you don’t search, but navigate directly to a web page from the address bar, that should load instantly too.
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John Rauser

John RauserPrincipal Quantitative Engineer,Amazon

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John has been extracting value from large datasets for over 15 years at companies ranging from hedge funds to small data-driven startups to amazon.com. He has deep experience in machine learning, data visualization, website performance and real-time fault analysis. An empiricist at heart, John’s optimism and can-do attitude make “Just do the experiment!” his favorite call to arms.

9:25am Wednesday, 06/15/2011
Modern monitoring software makes it easy to plot a statistic like average latency every minute -- too easy. Fancy dashboards of time series plots often lull us into a false sense of security. Underneath every point on those plots is a distribution, and underneath that distribution is a series of individuals: your customers.
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John Resig

John ResigJavaScript Developer,Khan Academy

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John Resig is the Dean of Computer Science at Khan Academy and the creator of the jQuery JavaScript library. He’s also the author of the books Pro JavaScript Techniques and Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja.

John is a Visiting Researcher at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto working on the study of Ukiyo-e (Japanese Woodblock printing). He has developed a comprehensive woodblock print database and image search engine located at: Ukiyo-e.org.

Currently, John is located in Brooklyn, NY.

10:35am Thursday, 06/16/2011
Working on the development of jQuery one tends to learn about all the performance implications of a particular change to a JavaScript code base (whether it be from an API change or a larger internals rewrite). Performance is an ever-present concern for every single commit and for every release. Performance implications must be well-defended and well-tested.
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Jesse Robbins

Jesse RobbinsFounder & CEO,OnBeep, Inc.

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Jesse Robbins (@jesserobbins) is CEO of Opscode and a widely recognized expert in Infrastructure, Web Operations, and Emergency Management.

Opscode makes Chef , the powerful open source tool used by thousands of developers & systems administrators to automate, manage and scale infrastructure of any size and complexity. With Chef Cookbooks users can find and share recipes for over 100 infrastructure components . The Opscode Platform is the hosted configuration management service that makes Chef even more powerful and easy to use.

Jesse 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 property bearing the Amazon brand.

Robbins is a volunteer Firefighter/EMT and Emergency Manager, and led a task force deployed in Operation Hurricane Katrina. His experiences in the fire service profoundly influence his efforts in technology, and he strives to distill his knowledge from these two worlds and apply it in service of both.

8:30am Wednesday, 06/15/2011
Location: Mission City Ballroom
8:30am Thursday, 06/16/2011
Location: Mission City Ballroom
Theo Schlossnagle

Theo SchlossnaglePrincipal/CEO,OmniTI/Circonus

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Theo Schlossnagle is a Founder and Principal at OmniTI where he designs and implements scalable solutions for highly trafficked sites and other clients in need of sound, scalable architectural engineering. He was the architect of the highly scalable Momentum MTA, architect of the Fontdeck CDN and visionary behind the Circonus SaaS monitoring platform. Theo is a participant in various open source communities including OpenSolaris, Linux, Apache, PostgreSQL, perl, and many others. He is a published author in the area of scalability and distributed systems as well as a veteran speaker in the open source conference circuit.

8:40am Wednesday, 06/15/2011
This keynote will be a whimsical whirlwind tour through the evolution of a "career" in web operations.
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Steve Souders

Steve SoudersChief Performance Officer,Fastly

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Steve is Chief Performance Officer at Fastly developing web performance services. He previously served as Google’s Head Performance Engineer and Chief Performance Yahoo!. Prior to that Steve worked at General Magic, WhoWhere?, and Lycos, and co-founded Helix Systems and CoolSync. Steve is the author of High Performance Web Sites and Even Faster Web Sites. He is the creator of many performance tools and services including YSlow, the HTTP Archive, Cuzillion, Jdrop, ControlJS, and Browserscope. He serves as co-chair of Velocity, the web performance and operations conference from O’Reilly, and is co-founder of the Firebug Working Group. He taught CS193H: High Performance Web Sites at Stanford.

8:30am Wednesday, 06/15/2011
Location: Mission City Ballroom
8:30am Thursday, 06/16/2011
Location: Mission City Ballroom
Lew  Tucker

Lew TuckerVice President and Chief Technology Officer, Cloud Computing,Cisco

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Lew Tucker is the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Cloud Computing at Cisco, where he is responsible for helping to shape the future of cloud and enterprise software strategies.

Tucker has more than 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry, ranging from distributed systems and artificial intelligence to software development and systems architecture. Prior to joining Cisco, he was the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Cloud Computing at Sun Microsystems, where he led the development of its infrastructure-as-a-service offering and the development of Sun Cloud. Other accomplishments in his career include Salesforce.com’s AppExchange, the java.com developer community, and the massively parallel Connection Machine.

Tucker’s interest in distributed systems stems from his tenure at Thinking Machines, an early leader in supercomputing technology, where large-scale problems could only be addressed by using thousands of individual processors. Today, as the Internet evolves, companies are following a similar trajectory and building out large-scale cloud computing platforms. Transformation of systems into scalable platforms remains a long-term interest.

Tucker holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Cornell University, a master’s degree in computer science with a specialization in artificial intelligence from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, and a doctorate in computer science from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

9:40am Thursday, 06/16/2011
Cloud computing is changing the way we think about data centers, applications, and services. By pooling resources and aggregating workloads across multiple customers, cloud service providers achieve highly cost effective, multi-tenant, infrastructure as a service.
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Presentation: Cisco and Open Stack Presentation [PPT]
Ronni Zehavi

Ronni Zehavi,Cotendo

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Ronni Zehavi is CEO and Co-Founder of Cotendo. He has over fifteen years of executive experience in start-up and multi-national high-technology companies. Prior to Cotendo he founded Commtouch Software where he commercialized email security technologies in a distributed global service environment that handled over a billion content transactions per day with 100% uptime. Prior to Commtouch, Zehavi co-founded software company Shemer – Auto Arbitrage Ltd., which developed and commercialized a software expert system for automated derivatives trading.

11:15am Wednesday, 06/15/2011
Analyze and accelerate your mobile performance.
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