Schedule: Operations sessions

Listed below are the preliminary Operations sessions and workshops confirmed to date. Additional sessions will be added as they are confirmed. Schedule subject to change.

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Ballroom ABCD
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Average rating: ****.
(4.17, 24 ratings)
A team of just 4 people scaled Typekit from an idea to a service delivering fonts to hundreds of thousands of websites. In this talk, we'll discuss how cloud services and the right amount of thinking allow small teams to deliver huge websites without big headaches. Read more.
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Ballroom ABCD
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Jon Cowie (Etsy)
Average rating: ***..
(3.85, 20 ratings)
I'll talk about how to make Chef a less intimidating learning experience for beginners and advanced users alike by getting under the hood, taking a critical approach and experimenting. I'll delve into the Chef source code with real world examples of writing Knife plugins. I'll show some best practices we adopt at Etsy and how we've made Chef an integral part of our Engineering team's workflow. Read more.
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Mission City B4
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Luke Kanies (Puppet Labs)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 9 ratings)
Puppet is a great tool for getting real work done shockingly quickly, but it's also fantastically and easily extensible. In this talk, Luke Kanies, the founder of Puppet, will discuss how Puppet has focused on extensibility and its resultant benefits, including easier integration with other tools. Read more.
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Ballroom ABCD
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Teresa Dietrich (WebMD), Derek Chang (WebMD)
Average rating: **...
(2.68, 22 ratings)
Using Outage and Incident Analysis templates we have developed and refined at WebMD, we will walk you through conducting your own investigation. We will cover everything from which data to collect, meaningful metrics to calculate, and how to feed your findings back into impacting improvements for the next event. We want to help you turn the trauma of an outage into a operational triumph. Read more.
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Mission City B4
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Mitchell Hashimoto (HashiCorp)
Average rating: ****.
(4.29, 7 ratings)
Whether you use Chef, Puppet, or just basic shell scripting, there seems to be no clear way to incrementally develop and test scripts to provision a system. In this talk I'll introduce using local virtual machines managed by Vagrant as a way to achieve this, shortening the feedback loop and increasing productivity and confidence of configuration management script development. Read more.
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Ballroom ABCD
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Baron Schwartz (VividCortex Inc)
Average rating: ***..
(3.53, 19 ratings)
If you've read "How to Lie with Statistics," are you immune to numerical tricks? Not a session for math geeks, this tutorial is instead about how to determine what matters and what doesn't, how to see what's missing as well as what you're shown, and how to turn numbers into knowledge Read more.
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Mission City Ballroom
This presentation will be streamed live along with the other keynotes.
John Allspaw (Etsy), Steve Souders (Fastly)
Average rating: ****.
(4.10, 20 ratings)
Program Chairs, Steve Souders and John Allspaw Read more.
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Mission City Ballroom
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Jay Parikh (Facebook)
Average rating: ****.
(4.36, 47 ratings)
Facebook infrastructure head Jay Parikh shares key learnings from the company's work to build an infrastructure fast and reliable enough to keep more than 800 million users happy, but flexible enough to support rapid product iteration and major product evolutions like Timeline. Read more.
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Mission City Ballroom
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John Rauser (Amazon)
Average rating: ****.
(4.76, 46 ratings)
"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'" -Isaac Asimov Read more.
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Mission City Ballroom
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Richard Cook (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm)
Average rating: ****.
(4.51, 39 ratings)
Keynote by Dr. Richard Cook Read more.
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Mission City B1
This presentation will be streamed live.
Theo Schlossnagle (OmniTI/Circonus)
Average rating: ***..
(3.87, 15 ratings)
We've all seen articles about using performance data to make good decisions. Detailed telemetry data from some specific portion of the system is analyzed, conclusions are drawn and success is had. The part that is never discussed is how "specific portions" of the systems were selected for telemetry collection. No data? No answers. Don't put the cart before the horse. Read more.
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Mission City B1
Raffi Krikorian (Twitter), Arya Asemanfar (Twitter, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.37, 19 ratings)
Our talk covers the migration of the Twitter architecture from primarily Ruby on Rails (RoR) to a JVM-based SOA system with emphasis on high performance, scalability, and resilience to failure. General lessons include the advantages of asynchronous, real-time architectures over synchronous, process / thread-oriented systems, as well as caching and data store patterns. Read more.
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Mission City B1
James Turnbull (Docker)
Average rating: ***..
(3.79, 19 ratings)
Rollback doesn't exist. It's not real. It's a fantasy, a dream, a delusion. Any vendor who tells you they have a rollback capability is lying to you. And lying to you in a downright dangerous way that will come back to haunt you at 4am in a war room when someone says: "We can't fix this. Let's roll back the deployment." Read more.
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Mission City B1
Shyam Mittur (Yahoo! Inc.)
Average rating: **...
(2.62, 8 ratings)
The nature of abuse has changed drastically with the global adoption of the Internet. Platform tools and services developed years ago are no longer adequate. This talk describes changing characteristics of abuse, the evolution of our technical strategy to combat abuse, operational challenges and the development of a new framework to help combat abuse in the next decade. Read more.
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Mission City B1
Ken King (Yammer), James Sheridan (Yammer.com)
Average rating: ***..
(3.09, 11 ratings)
Yammer started in the colo world. We didn’t put a lot of thought into where to set up after we had a initial version of our product. If we did it over again we may have started in the Cloud. We have developed a hybrid approach that uses both EC2, S3 and a colo facility. We see advantages to using both the Cloud and the Colo. Make the right decision early is important. Read more.
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Mission City Ballroom
This presentation will be streamed live along with the other keynotes.
Steve Souders (Fastly), John Allspaw (Etsy)
Average rating: ****.
(4.07, 14 ratings)
Program Chairs, Steve Souders and John Allspaw, open the second day of keynotes. Read more.
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Mission City Ballroom
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Mike Christian (Yahoo!)
Average rating: ****.
(4.43, 21 ratings)
Data-centers DO fail, sometimes for the oddest of reasons. From frying squirrels to unspun gyros, the last decade has seen it all: hurricane and heat wave, fire and flood, even the threat of a nuclear meltdown. We'll chronicle the mundane to the insane, showing the reality of major data-center outages, interleaved with solutions and strategies for recovery. Read more.
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Mission City Ballroom
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Albert Wenger (Union Square Ventures)
Average rating: ***..
(3.95, 21 ratings)
Albert Wenger, Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures Read more.
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Mission City Ballroom
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Jesse Robbins (OnBeep, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.83, 24 ratings)
Jesse Robbins (Cofounder of Opscode) explains how to be a force for Awesome. He will explain how to evangelize & overcome cultural resistance to change (& share his own painfully funny lessons on how not to do it ;-). Jesse will teach you just enough Business Speak to be dangerous while you infect your organization with awesome, make your job better, and get more done. Read more.
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Mission City B1
Dave Mangot (Salesforce.com), Peter Phaal (InMon Corp.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 12 ratings)
This session provides an introduction to the open source host sFlow, approach to application monitoring. By using sFlow we can get near real-time metrics, with minimal overhead, not only on our networks, but also of our hosts and applications (e.g. Apache, Nginx, memcached, Java, Tomcat, and node.js). We can use that data to learn about the performance of our stack in a truly holistic way. Read more.
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Mission City B1
Paul Querna (Rackspace)
Average rating: ***..
(3.69, 13 ratings)
Logging is a critical component in an application, but it is often overlooked. When you treat logs as another event stream, they can create previously unseen value. In this session we look into building better logging systems for distributed applications, structured logging, transporting the logs, how to process and analyze these logs, and how to take action based on them. Read more.
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Mission City B1
Joshua Hoffman (SoundCloud)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 15 ratings)
How many people does it take to roll out and manage thousands of servers in a complex environment? With the right approach, a small team CAN effectively manage any size environment. This talk covers tips and techniques you can use right now to speed up and scale your system administration workflow. Read more.
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Mission City B1
This presentation will be streamed live.
Yashwanth Nelapati (Pinterest), Marty Weiner (Pinterest)
Average rating: ***..
(3.82, 11 ratings)
Pinterest.com has grown to billions of page views per month in just under a year, and the number one question we're asked at parties is "what's in your stack?" Read more.
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Ballroom ABCD
Jan Schaumann (Twitter)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 9 ratings)
Simplicity pays in scalability. Simplicity pays in security. Instead of building "optimized" systems based on more complex solutions, focus on simplifying interfaces, code and, yes, technologies used. Instead of rearchitecting your entire infrastructure, re-learn some basic unix philosophy and appreciate the simple things in life. Screw the new hotness, here comes sanity. Read more.
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Mission City B1
Tom Daly (Dyn Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 4 ratings)
Your job – make sure your business’s website or ecommerce storefront is running fast and is always available to your customers. Why is this important? Research shows (and we are all aware) of how impatient people are when surfing the Web. Even a .5 millisecond slower response or load time, can mean the difference between a customer and a lost opportunity for conversion. Read more.

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