Schedule: Operations sessions

Monitoring, metrics, anticipating failovers, config management, and playing well with the oft-used platforms out there are all essential skills to ironclad Ops practices. The tools and case studies you’ll find in the Operations track will keep you firmly on the path.

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Operations, Mission City Ballroom
Johan Bergström (Lund University)
Average rating: ****.
(4.44, 189 ratings)
Johan Bergström, Associate Professor at Lund University, Sweden, will introduce the notion of risk in system design. Read more.
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Operations, Mission City Ballroom B4
Brendan Gregg (Netflix)
Average rating: ****.
(4.09, 45 ratings)
Various performance analysis methodologies for production systems and cloud environments. Read more.
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Operations, Mission City Ballroom B4
Bryce Yan (Twitter), Arun Kejariwal (Machine Zone)
Average rating: ***..
(3.51, 67 ratings)
A look into how we tackle some aspects of capacity planning at Twitter. Read more.
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Operations, Mission City Ballroom B4
Brett Slatkin (Google Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.71, 91 ratings)
On the Google Consumer Surveys team, 8 minutes after you commit code it's live in production. This talk will cover our experiences doing this for a year, what's gone wrong, and how we made it safe using website screenshots and visual diffs between each release. We'll go over the software that makes it work, how you can implement the same process, and the positive effects it has on a team. Read more.
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Operations, Mission City Ballroom B4
Jason Cook (Fastly)
Average rating: ****.
(4.21, 70 ratings)
The performance of the network underlying our applications can have a dramatic effect on the experience of our users. This session will cover how to tune some of the interactions between TCP and your application to deliver solid performance over the public internet. Read more.
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Operations, Mission City Ballroom B4
Adam Lazur (Facebook)
Average rating: ****.
(4.72, 61 ratings)
Want to learn how facebook scales their load balancing infrastructure to support more than a billion users? We will be revealing the technologies and methods we use to route and balance Facebook's traffic. This talk will focus on Facebook's DNS load balancer and software load balancer, and how we use these systems to improve user performance, manage capacity, and increase reliability. Read more.
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Operations, Mission City Ballroom B4
Ben Christensen (Netflix)
Average rating: ***..
(3.88, 43 ratings)
Common patterns, production examples and operational learnings from how Netflix incorporates fault and latency tolerance into its distributed systems using circuit breakers, bulkheads and other patterns embodied in the opensource Hystrix library (https://github.com/Netflix/Hystrix) and operates them using realtime metrics and data visualization tools. Read more.
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Operations, Mission City Ballroom B4
Nick Berry (LinkedIn)
Average rating: ***..
(3.62, 16 ratings)
As LinkedIn's traffic grew, it was clear the classical approach to load balancing would not grow with us. In addition to issues with scale, we found many missing key features along the way (cookie routing, DDoS protection, etc). This talk will cover the detail of our migration, things learned along the way, plugins/patches we contributed to ATS, and how other web properties can leverage them. Read more.
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Operations, Mission City Ballroom B4
Sascha Bates (Chef)
Average rating: ***..
(3.27, 22 ratings)
You're on board with the awesome. You know you're going to do configuration management and automate All the Things. You might even have picked a tool. Except, now what? Where do you start? The whole world is available to automate and now it all seems kind of complicated. Read more.
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Operations, Mission City Ballroom B4
Sam Kottler (GitHub)
Average rating: ***..
(3.48, 29 ratings)
This talk will cover a number of different anti-patterns, from small issues to architectural decisions that will help configuration management users of all levels build more sound configuration management scripts. Read more.
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Operations, Mission City Ballroom B4
Baron Schwartz (VividCortex)
Average rating: ****.
(4.54, 13 ratings)
One of the monitoring holy grails is knowing whether a system is behaving normally. This is usually considered a hard problem, but it can be done very cheaply at large scale. In this presentation I'll explain my definition of normality, several ways to quantify abnormality, and most importantly, what you can do with the results. There will be math, and I'll publish my slides. Read more.
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Operations, Mission City Ballroom B4
Srinivas Peri (Adobe), Alex Honor (Simplify Ops), Damon Edwards (SimplifyOps, Inc.)
Average rating: **...
(2.78, 9 ratings)
Deep inside Adobe, the Coretech group builds the enabling tools and shared components that underpin Adobe's award winning products. But what happens when Adobe starts the move away from packaged software and towards Cloud based services? Learn how Coretech became a service provider, delivered a self-service build & deployment platform, and reinvented itself in along the way. Read more.
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Operations, Mission City Ballroom B4
Colin Charles (Percona)
Average rating: ***..
(3.33, 3 ratings)
In the third edition (2012) of High Performance MySQL, MHA usage is described as: "anyone other than Yoshinori who is using it in production, and we haven't used it ourselves." Little known to the authors, we've spent quite a lot of time working on MHA and figuring out its kinks. Today MHA is in use in places like DeNA, Facebook, SK Telecom, and DAPA. Read more.
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Operations, Ballroom AB
Tutorial Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials on Tuesday.
Theo Schlossnagle (OmniTI/Circonus)
Average rating: ***..
(3.95, 40 ratings)
As demands for performance increase and the complexity of Internet application architectures grow, operations are abandoned in a perfect storm. The problems are ever harder to diagnose and the need to rapid remediation is more than ever. You need the right techniques and methodologies or you'll be ineffective or, worse, an obstacle. Learn them here. Read more.
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Operations, Ballroom AB
Tutorial Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials on Tuesday.
Abe Stanway (Etsy), Jon Cowie (Etsy)
Average rating: ****.
(4.04, 46 ratings)
An introduction to Etsy's real time anomaly detection and metrics correlation systems - the newest front-line Ops tools from the team that brought you StatsD. Read more.
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Operations, Ballroom EF
Tutorial Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials on Tuesday.
Mandi Walls (Chef)
Average rating: ***..
(3.71, 31 ratings)
A walk through for improving overall operational effectiveness by building skills like statistics, software development lifecycle practices, graphing and metrics. This tutorial will focus on skill development and building better products. Read more.
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Operations, Ballroom EF
Tutorial Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials on Tuesday.
Seth Vargo (HashiCorp)
Average rating: **...
(2.94, 31 ratings)
chefspec, strainer, fauxhai, test-kitchen, foodcritic, test-kitchen, and jenkins OH MY! The devops toolbelt has expanded and the tools to test are not far behind. Learn how to create a test-driven infrastructure with Chef. Read more.
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Operations, Ballroom EF
Tutorial Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials on Tuesday.
Laine Campbell (OpsArtisan)
Average rating: ****.
(4.60, 25 ratings)
A deep dive into the AWS offerings for running MySQL at scale, with appropriate consideration to availability, failure management, monitoring, trending and configuration management. Real world examples such as Call of Duty Black Ops 2 and Obama for America will be used to highlight key points from a practical perspective. Read more.
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Operations, Ballroom EF
Tutorial Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials on Tuesday.
Jay Edwards (Meangrape, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.53, 15 ratings)
In this presentation, we will show you how quickly Ansible can be used to set up a PostgreSQL deployment in EC2 using master, streaming replication, backups and monitoring agents rapidly. Read more.

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