Wednesday, October 26th
Choose Your Time Zone 9:00am - 11:30am
US Pacific Daylight Time

Location: Online,
from the comfort of your desk.

Includes access to the recorded sessions after the live event.

O'Reilly Velocity Online Conference

Agenda/Schedule | Program Chairs

Velocity, the web performance and operations conference from O'Reilly Media, is the premier technical event dedicated to optimizing every aspect of your company's website. It's the convergence of performance and site reliability experts and innovators who share the information critical to building and scaling fast and reliable websites and services. Velocity online and in-person conferences give you the most current tools and case studies to meet the demands of this ever-changing landscape.

At this half-day Velocity Online Conference, you'll have the opportunity to hear from experts, share your ideas, ask questions, and join in a conversation with panelists and other participants, all looking to build a solid and profitable future for web performance technologies.


Mike Brittain

Mike Brittain

Engineering Director, Etsy

Take My Logs... Please!

File under: Simple Hacks. A wealth of performance and debugging data can be had with some simple changes to the default logging options from Apache and PHP. Mike will share specific details about what Etsy logs and how Etsy uses this data to generate useful reports.

Vladimir Vuksan

Vladimir Vuksan

Principal Systems Analyst, Broadcom

How Back-end Monitoring Can Make Your Applications Faster and More Available

You have worked hard on optimizing your HTML, CSS and JS but have you looked at your application back-end. Do you know what your average or 90th percentile back-end response times are? Do you know what HTTP 200/300/400/500 codes are and what their relevance is? Do you know how quickly some of your common queries execute or what external API response times are? In this presentation we'll attempt to answer some of those questions by showing how those basic metrics relate to your performance and try to get you thinking on what else you should add to have better insight into your infrastructure. Some of the tools shown will include Ganglia and statsd, but concepts will be applicable to a wide variety of other tools.

Kate Matsudaira

Kate Matsudaira

VP Engineering, SEOMoz

How To Be Even More Awesome at Your Job

When it comes to our careers, most of us spend the majority of our waking moments working. And all of us want to do well at our jobs; and part of that means focusing on continuing to improve our technical skills. However to be really awesome, it is not enough to be an amazing technologist, you also have to master your soft skills (you know, the ones that involve interacting with something besides your computer). This talk will cover ways to improve soft skills, like communication and leadership, which likely could use some focused attention.

The audience will come away with new ideas on how to be better versions of themselves – in their work and life, with tips on how to manage up and improve their career trajectory, how to listen and communicate more effectively, how to be a great teammate, and how to lead – even from the trenches without authority.

Dave Apgar

Dave Apgar

BCP/HA Architect, Yahoo!

Always Up, Always Close: DNS-Based Global Load-Balancing

Deploying to multiple sites and utilizing CDNs can provide improved performance and availability for users. Dave's presentation will explore the glue that provides that routing--DNS-based global load balancing--showing the effectiveness and limitations of this technology as well as dispelling some of the historical myths around DNS-based traffic routing.

Program subject to refinement. All talks are 30 minutes (including 10 minutes of Q&A), with a 15 minute break at US-PDT: 10:10am (US-EDT: 1:10pm).

Velocity Online Program Chair

John Allspaw

John Allspaw 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.

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