Build resilient systems at scale
May 27–29, 2015 • Santa Clara, CA

Sponsored conference sessions

9:00am–12:30pm Wednesday, 05/27/2015
Location: Ballroom F
Monoliths to micro-services, Ruby to Scala, virtual machines to containers: Your business services and architectures will evolve but the underlying tooling, Cloud Management and DevOps solutions should adapt. Learn how developers and ops can worry less about tooling and focus more on scalable and resilient applications Read more.
9:00am–12:30pm Wednesday, 05/27/2015
Location: Ballroom E
Patrick McKenna (GitHub)
Average rating: **...
(2.00, 3 ratings)
GitHub integrates with a wide spectrum of third party tools, giving you considerable flexibility when setting up a deployment pipeline. So where do you begin? In this tutorial, we will give a demonstration how one uses these integrations in practice. You will learn how to implement CI and CD incrementally, so you can start building, or iterate on, your organization's pipeline. Read more.
1:30pm–5:00pm Wednesday, 05/27/2015
Location: Ballroom F
Ryan Baxter (IBM)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
Node-RED allows users to create and publish IoT applications via a visual drag-and-drop interface. This tutorial will give you hands-on experience using Node-RED to build IoT apps using a variety of sensors and devices. Read more.
1:30pm–5:00pm Wednesday, 05/27/2015
Location: Ballroom E
Matthew Brender (Basho), Tyler Hannan (Basho), Sargun Dhillon (Basho)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
SQL, NoSQL, NewSQL. Not every application needs the same database and not every database is clearly defined in relation to the others. There’s a lot of fun to be had as we walk through the differences. We’ve broken this training into modules that will bring you from an introduction to database concepts, from SQL to Spanner, down to hands-on coding experience with Riak. Read more.
9:55am–10:05am Thursday, 05/28/2015
Keynote
Location: Mission City Ballroom
Dana Quinn (Intuit)
Average rating: ***..
(3.31, 45 ratings)
Companies are turning to the public cloud for all the ways it makes life easier for developers. The business side of the house likes it too, since it shortens the time from idea to implementation. But the shift to any new technology must be handled with care. Learn hard-earned insights from Intuit’s gradual migration to the public cloud. Read more.
10:05am–10:10am Thursday, 05/28/2015
Keynote
Location: Mission City Ballroom
Dave McCrory (Basho Technologies)
Average rating: **...
(2.31, 39 ratings)
In this session, Dave McCrory, CTO of Basho Technologies, will discuss steps organizations can take to solve challenges of integration and operational challenges for active workloads, passive workloads, and backend analysis, as well as how innovations in distributed systems can simplify today’s complex management systems. Read more.
10:10am–10:15am Thursday, 05/28/2015
Keynote
Location: Mission City Ballroom
Robert Peters (Verizon Digital Media Services )
Average rating: ***..
(3.09, 35 ratings)
Building and operating a global delivery network is all about providing high standards of performance and reliability. Rob will share recent experiences about how Verizon Digital Media Services lives up to those standards with a combination of technology, tools, and culture. Read more.
10:35am–10:40am Thursday, 05/28/2015
Keynote
Location: Mission City Ballroom
Jessica DeVita (Microsoft), Jennelle Crothers (Microsoft)
Average rating: **...
(2.92, 52 ratings)
Microsoft is committed to making software that delights developers and IT pros alike, enabling our customers to be productive anywhere on any device. Jessica and Jennelle will show you how Microsoft, a force in the market for four decades, continues to innovate and reinvent itself on a massive scale. Read more.
10:40am–10:45am Thursday, 05/28/2015
Keynote
Location: Mission City Ballroom
Jason Ding (Salesforce.com)
Average rating: *....
(1.97, 32 ratings)
Jason will discuss how his cross-functional team proactively addresses scale limitations in our cloud stack. They work with field solution teams, integration partners, and the customer to understand their data model, customizations, user interactive and batch processing peak traffic patterns. They implemented a simulated workload to identify software and hardware limitations in SFDC’s Saas stack. Read more.
11:50am–12:30pm Thursday, 05/28/2015
Location: Ballroom F
Average rating: **...
(2.00, 4 ratings)
Whether mobile, web, or cloud, the app economy is the cornerstone of a company’s brand, revenues, and employee productivity. Today’s app users expect top performance, availability, security, and quality. Give users a bad experience and it kills more than your app – it kills your brand and your business. Learn how to deliver quality apps that deliver an enjoyable and useful user experience. Read more.
11:50am–12:30pm Thursday, 05/28/2015
Location: Ballroom E
Kyle Daigle (GitHub)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
GitHub’s API is used by hundreds of integrators around the world to integrate their services and tools with GitHub. During this session, I’ll focus on how GitHub and other organizations use those same platform tools to enhance their existing workflows within GitHub and allow for some new ones too. Read more.
1:45pm–2:25pm Thursday, 05/28/2015
Location: Ballroom E
Dustin Whittle (AppDynamics)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
The AppDynamics Application Intelligence Platform offers visibility into the workings of distributed applications, with real-time analytics underpinning the data collection. AppDynamics Unified Monitoring encompasses user experience, application, and infrastructure component availability and performance monitoring. Read more.
1:45pm–2:25pm Thursday, 05/28/2015
Location: Ballroom F
Manish Vachharajani (F5 Networks)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
Your network should be working for you. If it’s not, then something’s missing from your toolbox, and you’re probably writing more code than you need to make up for it. Taking inspiration from past Velocity talks, this session will demonstrate how network components like load balancers and application proxies can accelerate your application and your development process. Read more.
2:40pm–3:20pm Thursday, 05/28/2015
Location: Ballroom F
Suchi Upadhyayula (Intuit), Sean McCluskey (Intuit)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 3 ratings)
Migrating large applications from a private cloud to the public cloud can be complex, risky, and painful. In addition to adapting your legacy application architecture to conform to cloud architecture principles, you have to transform your development operations and scaling practices. This session will share engineering and operational best practices to help your journey to the public cloud. Read more.
2:40pm–3:20pm Thursday, 05/28/2015
Location: Ballroom E
Tyler Hannan (Basho), Dorothy Pults (Basho Technologies, Inc.)
Average rating: *....
(1.00, 1 rating)
Find out how companies like the Weather Company, bet365, and Riot Games (League of Legends) use NoSQL to innovate and grow their business. NoSQL databases are more flexible and faster to develop against than traditional relational databases, enabling you to quickly store and retrieve unstructured data. Read more.
4:10pm–4:50pm Thursday, 05/28/2015
Location: Ballroom F
Paddy Ganti (Instart Logic), Mehrdad Reshadi (Instart Logic)
Average rating: **...
(2.00, 4 ratings)
In an effort to keep up with dynamic and responsive web trends, the amount of first and third party JavaScript usage has tripled over the last three years. The result is bloated web pages that create a drag on performance. This session will focus on a set of new solutions that makes first and third party JavaScript code load faster, speeding up page load times and improving customer experience. Read more.
4:10pm–4:50pm Thursday, 05/28/2015
Location: Ballroom E
Salil Ahuja (IBM)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 2 ratings)
Learn how easy it is to transform web and mobile applications with IBM Watson APIs on Bluemix to incorporate advanced natural language, image, and voice processing techniques. Read more.
5:05pm–5:45pm Thursday, 05/28/2015
Location: Ballroom E
Rakesh Ranjan (IBM Cloud Data Services), Sriram Srinivasan (IBM Cloud Data Services)
Average rating: *....
(1.20, 5 ratings)
The cloud is all about elasticity. Your monitoring solution should not only be flexible enough to grow and shrink with service elasticity, but also smart enough to learn the behavior of abstracted resources and business KPIs and predict their failures. Learn how you can use Event Hub, dashDB, and Cloudant to enable a self-service operation and make your cloud services resilient. Read more.
5:05pm–5:45pm Thursday, 05/28/2015
Location: Ballroom F
Sam Guckenheimer (Microsoft)
Average rating: **...
(2.75, 8 ratings)
This is the story of Visual Studio’s journey to cloud cadence and DevOps. Sam will talk about our cultural transformation and share details on the mistakes we made along the way, the lessons we learned as well as our successes as we transitioned from shipping every three years to every three weeks. Read more.
9:55am–10:05am Friday, 05/29/2015
Keynote
Location: Mission City Ballroom
Patrick Lightbody (New Relic)
Average rating: ***..
(3.68, 25 ratings)
For years we've been hearing WHY software is disrupting industries. But little on HOW to determine how to invest the scarcest resources in the software economy: developer talent. If you're going to compete as a software company, you gotta listen to your apps. We tell you how. Read more.
10:20am–10:25am Friday, 05/29/2015
Keynote
Location: Mission City Ballroom
Shane Evans (Hewlett-Packard)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 25 ratings)
Join HP as Shane Evans explores the keys to succeed in the enterprise, and which tools, methodologies, and strategy are needed to bring the enterprise into the 21st Century. Read more.
10:25am–10:30am Friday, 05/29/2015
Keynote
Location: Mission City Ballroom
Mohammed Aboul-Magd (Akamai Technologies)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 28 ratings)
Delivering rich images fast can be a difficult task. Join this keynote session featuring Akamai’s Mohammed Aboul-Magd to better understand how to deal with the ever-increasing number of images on the web. You’ll learn how to reduce cost and complexity while delivering a consistent and high quality viewing experience to every user, on any device, anywhere. Read more.
10:50am–10:55am Friday, 05/29/2015
Keynote
Location: Mission City Ballroom
Buddy Brewer (SOASTA)
Average rating: **...
(2.88, 17 ratings)
In this talk, Buddy will discuss ways the Velocity community can bring different sets of data together to lead these vastly different groups through a shared conversation about performance. Read more.
11:50am–12:30pm Friday, 05/29/2015
Location: Ballroom E
Karl Matthias (New Relic), Sean Kane (New Relic)
Average rating: ***..
(3.75, 12 ratings)
At New Relic we’ve delivered production apps via Docker containers for over a year, to significantly streamline app delivery workflow from development through production. We’ll explain choices we made to implement a production Docker workflow, and demo tools that allow you to build Docker clusters in multiple datacenters and monitor your containers across those environments. Read more.
11:50am–12:30pm Friday, 05/29/2015
Location: Ballroom F
Paul Roy (Microsoft), Buddy Brewer (SOASTA)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
Little changes in speed can make a big impact for sites with as much traffic as MSN. In this talk, Paul Roy and Buddy Brewer will explore how Microsoft was able to release a faster new version of the MSN site, using real user measurement as the guidepost. Read more.
1:45pm–2:25pm Friday, 05/29/2015
Location: Ballroom F
Siddharth Ram (Intuit)
Average rating: ****.
(4.60, 5 ratings)
Track: Deliberately unstable systems. About: This presentation will cover patterns used at Intuit that allow us to manage the characteristics of instability. Right technology patterns, right cultural changes, and right mindsets have moved a large organization from a scaled-up, shared everything to a scaled-out, shared nothing architecture. Read more.
1:45pm–2:25pm Friday, 05/29/2015
Location: Ballroom E
Mike Demmer (Jut), Chris Christensen (Limelight)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
Analytics is the future of monitoring for DevOps teams. Learn how to think about typical monitoring tasks as systems analytics challenges, and begin to think about asking the right questions to inform your decisions. This session will show real examples of systems monitoring, unified analytics across logs and metrics, and statistical techniques that you can implement today. Read more.
2:40pm–3:20pm Friday, 05/29/2015
Location: Ballroom E
Donald Foss (Blue Triangle Technologies, Inc.), Norm Morrison (Radial)
Marketing managers want a richer, more personalized experience for site users. IT wants to have smaller, faster pages that meet user expectations. In this you will learn how to use rich RUM data to perform A/B/n tests to determine which is best for the business, and if management decides on the rich environment, how fast does it really need to be. Can you quantify the $$ impact of a faster site? Read more.
2:40pm–3:20pm Friday, 05/29/2015
Location: Ballroom F
Huseyin Dursun (VMware)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 6 ratings)
Our journey to a faster and predictable release cadence started with cultural transformation and redefinition of engineering roles and responsibilities. Transforming a distributed and sizable traditional software development organization is quite a complex task. This talk will cover the challenges we have faced during the transformation and how we alleviated them. Read more.
4:10pm–4:50pm Friday, 05/29/2015
Location: Ballroom E
John Yi (Rackspace)
Average rating: **...
(2.20, 5 ratings)
Running Docker containers on physical servers is the ideal scenario. However cloud users are running their containers on VMs, adding back the overhead. OnMetal provides a way to run containers on physical hardware. We'll discuss running Docker OnMetal and some of the different ideas on leveraging OnMetal. Read more.
4:10pm–4:50pm Friday, 05/29/2015
Location: Ballroom F
Alois Reitbauer (Dynatrace), Martin Gutenbrunner (ruxit)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 7 ratings)
Micro service architectures with Continuous Deployments enable a highly agile environment. It, however, also brings operational challenges regarding system stability and resilience like: How healthy is my micro service architecture? Is my system tolerant to deployment problems and failures? How save is to modify certain services? How resilient is my architecture to changing usage patterns? Read more.