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May 27–29, 2015 • Santa Clara, CA

Velocity Blog

Using DevOps to make all software better at Microsoft

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Jason Yee | @gitbisect |

Sam Guckenheimer, product owner for Microsoft’s Visual Studio product line, will be at the Velocity conference to present the story of Microsoft’s transformation to becoming a Software-as-a-service provider and the lessons learned by embracing DevOps. We recently spent some time to talk about the origins of this change and what it means not only to Microsoft, but to the hundreds of thousands of customers they support world wide.

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New pass option: Exhibit Hall Plus

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Jason Yee | @gitbisect |

We've introduced a new Exhibit Hall Plus pass to compliment our other Velocity conference passes and packages. We understand that budgets are limited, scheduling can be tight and there are a number of reasons why a full registration might not be suitable for you. That doesn't mean you have to miss Velocity. You're still part of the performance and ops community, and we'd like to see you there.

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Bring a manager, build an ally

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Jason Yee | @gitbisect |

A while back I wrote how creating allies is tremendously helpful in bringing DevOps transformation to your company. I included a quote from Ross Clanton, a senior group manager of Target's infrastructure team, about how he brought several managers to Velocity to help instill the DevOps vision in them and the positive impact it made on their organizational alignment. We want to make that same ally building process even easier for you.

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Velocity culture & the diversity scholarship

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Jason Yee | @gitbisect |

"Any web application has humans inside of it. That's the focus of the Velocity conference, because these are effectively no longer simply software systems. They're complex systems of people and software." - Tim O'Reilly

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DevOps & Culture Change

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Jason Yee | @gitbisect |

Though it's a simple portmanteau of the words "developers" and "operations", the term DevOps is often hard to define. And doing so often spurs impassioned debates, not only about the definition, but also about the movement that's shaping the way businesses operate.

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HTTPS - The S stands for User Experience

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Jason Yee | @gitbisect |

One of the sessions featured at this year’s Velocity conference in Santa Clara is titled, HTTPS in 2015, and it’s likely to cause most web engineers to recall Heartbleed and recent other SSL/TLS security issues. But does HTTPS really matter beyond protecting web logins, user accounts and traditionally secured content?

Eric Lawrence, former security program manager for the Internet Explorer Browser, says it does.

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Performance beyond caching

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Nena Caviness | @nenacaviness |

Last month, Jason Yee met with Fastly’s Senior Professional Services Engineer and Varnish Wizard Rogier “DocWilco” Mulhuijzen, and Lead Customer Engineer and Cat Herder, Austin Spires. They talked about everything from Varnish to CDNs and understanding performance. A lot of interesting things came up. Here are the highlights of that discussion:

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Use your web performance knowledge to win

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Jason Yee | @gitbisect |

It’s time to put your web performance knowledge to the test, literally. We’ve teamed up with Catchpoint to create a 20 question web performance test designed to filter out the geekiest among us and make even the most seasoned ops engineers and developers exercise their neurons.

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Distributed systems training with Jay Edwards

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Jason Yee | @gitbisect |

Distributed Systems is a term that is starting to include computing in its most general case. Multi-threaded, multi-core, NUMA systems have a lot in common with Multi-datacenter, multi-server systems. This commonality is what makes the study of distributed systems a valuable lingua franca.

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Build DevOps & Performance Allies

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Jason Yee | @gitbisect |

Two of the most common questions we hear at the Velocity conference are, “How do I get my team to care about performance?” and “How can I get my organization to embrace DevOps?” It’s a common refrain from inspired engineers who feel that they’re alone in a battle to revolutionize and ultimately drive the success of their company.

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