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, Sutton South
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Avleen Vig (Etsy), Carolyn Rowland (Independent)
Average rating: ***..
(3.78, 27 ratings)
The interrupt-driven nature of Operations can create a high-stress, low-productivity workplace, while providing the illusion of high-productivity. The speakers will discuss the nature of operations work and how engineers and managers can both work to manage interruptions and create a better environment. Read more.
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Operations, Beekman Parlor
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Mandi Walls (Chef)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 11 ratings)
Most of us think of Jenkins as a build server, but it can be so much more. The flexibility of Jenkins makes it an interesting tool to add to your operations toolkit. Make Jenkins the next member of your Operations team, automating tasks like syntax checking before restarting services like Nagios and BIND, ensuring that tests pass before affecting production. Read more.
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Operations, Sutton South
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Laine Campbell (OpsArtisan)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 5 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, Beekman Parlor
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Bethany Erskine (Paperless Post)
Average rating: ***..
(3.85, 13 ratings)
Paperless Post recently replaced Nagios with Sensu, a new and awesome free monitoring and metrics router that is designed with configuration management and cloud deployments in mind. In this presentation we’ll take an in-depth look into why we chose Sensu, how to deploy it, how to scale it, and how to integrate it with your existing tools. Read more.
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Operations, Sutton South
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Jeremy Edberg (MinOps)
Average rating: ****.
(4.36, 25 ratings)
In this session, learn how Netflix has embraced DevOps and leveraged all that the cloud has to offer to allow our developers maximum freedom and agility. Also hear about Netflix's open source projects, such as Asgard, Hystrix, and others. A special focus will be on our new multi-region efforts in 2013. Read more.
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Operations, Sutton South
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Baron Schwartz (VividCortex)
Average rating: ***..
(3.89, 27 ratings)
Many people have asked me what they should monitor. Others have shown me a page full of charts and asked what they mean. Why? Because we largely monitor our systems in ways that our tools support. The tail is wagging the dog. Let's think about what our systems do for us and how to monitor them. Current tools are inadequate, so let's talk about how to build better tools. Read more.
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Operations, Grand Ballroom
Richard Cook (Ohio State University SNAFUcatchers)
Average rating: ****.
(4.75, 40 ratings)
This talk will introduce resilience and a model of system dynamics useful in analyzing failed and successful event management and offer an explanation for why our systems run at the edge of failure. Read more.
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Operations, Grand Ballroom West
Artur Bergman (Fastly)
Average rating: ***..
(3.18, 11 ratings)
Latency is pervasive, the silent killer that sneaks and kills your performance. Present at every level of the stack, it leaves expensive resources tied up waiting. With a focus on the larger implication of networking on performance, Artur will provide an exploration in why things are slow — and why it is our responsibility to understand our stack so we can fix it. Read more.
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Operations, Sutton North
Mike Zaic (CafeMedia), Dan White (CafeMom)
Average rating: ***..
(3.38, 8 ratings)
In the startup world, the most pressing issue usually isn't, "how to we prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime storm?" Risk management is always stressed at Velocity, but businesses don't always buy into dedicating resources to low probability events. Let our comedy of errors during Hurricane Sandy help to convince your bosses that infrastructure and redundancy are actually worthwhile investments. Read more.
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Operations, Grand Ballroom West
Alexis Le-Quoc (Datadog)
Average rating: ***..
(3.45, 11 ratings)
In web operations, monitoring is the main interface to our applications. A monitoring system alerts us, interrupts us, awakes us. When it does, maybe the site is on fire (signal), maybe a new application broke old monitoring assumptions (noise). Noisy monitoring leads to outages, frustration and resentment. How do we cut the noise and turn monitoring from necessary evil into operational strength? Read more.
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Operations, Sutton North
Eric Redmond (Basho)
Average rating: **...
(2.90, 10 ratings)
Choosing a database is not strictly the domain of programmers, but requires the involvement of operations as well. The right choice can mean the difference between 2am server emergencies, and sleeping all night. In this increasingly decentralized world, a firm grasp of the patterns used in distributed systems is no longer a luxury, it's a necessity. Read more.
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Operations, Grand Ballroom West
Steven Murawski (Stack Exchange), Nick Craver (Stack Exchange), George Beech (Stack Exchange, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.10, 10 ratings)
Stack Overflow is a developer-centered Q&A site handling 3 billion requests per month using a variety of platforms and products to deliver content. With a small sysadmin team, building our deployments, applications and architecture for ease of management and maintenance is key. Most of what’s used is an application of widely available open-source, or written in-house and open-sourced for you. Read more.
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Operations, Grand Ballroom West
Brad Abrams (Google)
Average rating: ****.
(4.17, 6 ratings)
Examine Google’s vision of the cloud platform and take an inside look into Google Compute Engine, which allows you to run large scale computing workloads using Linux Virtual Machines on Google’s infrastructure, cloud basing your infrastructure. Read more.
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Operations, Grand Ballroom West
Alois Reitbauer (Dynatrace)
Average rating: ***..
(3.64, 11 ratings)
Incident management is the spine of operations monitoring. Getting them working properly is a challenge. Besides in-depth knowledge about how applications work, you need a fair amount of mathematical skills, We needed to develop a reliable incident system that works consistent in over 1000 applications without the requirement for any manual configuration. This talk will cover how we did it. Read more.
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Operations, Grand Ballroom West
Paul Gross (Braintree Payments)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 6 ratings)
Braintree is a payment gateway, so downtime directly costs both us and our merchants money. Therefore, high availability is extremely important to us. This talk will cover how we do HA at Braintree on our Ruby on Rails application, including no-downtime deploys and load balancing across services and ISPs. Read more.
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Operations, Grand Ballroom
Zane Lackey (Signal Sciences), Dan Kaminsky (White Ops)
Average rating: ****.
(4.42, 24 ratings)
Oftentimes security seems like a daunting challenge which many organizations aren't sure how to get started on. However, the engineering principles inherent to devops and continuous deployment lay the groundwork for a number effective security mechanisms. Read more.
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Operations, Grand Ballroom
Mike O'Dea (Major League Baseball Advanced Media), William Zurat (Major League Baseball Advanced Media)
Average rating: ***..
(3.05, 20 ratings)
Mike O'Dea and Bill Zurat will discuss how MLBAM used AWS, automation and other off-the-shelf technologies to deliver a product (Minor League Streaming) that customers would enjoy, and was consistent with how MLBAM delivered media in their MLB products. Read more.
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Operations, Grand Ballroom East
Phil Dibowitz (Facebook)
Average rating: ***..
(3.74, 19 ratings)
This talk looks at how Facebook has redesigned its configuration management system to handle a massive, dynamic, heterogeneous environment with a tiny team and open source software. We will look at the philosophy we use to manage our systems, the implementation of that philosophy, and how you can apply these ideas to any size server footprint, from a handful of servers to a global environment. Read more.
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Operations, Grand Ballroom East
Joshua Hoffman (LeaseWeb)
Average rating: ****.
(4.06, 16 ratings)
The challenge: Move 50 Million blogs over 1000 miles in under 6 hours. Read more.
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Operations, Grand Ballroom East
Alexei Rodriguez (Evernote Corporation)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 12 ratings)
This session will cover the evolution of the technologies, tools, and team that power the Evernote service. It will include some of the joys (and woes) of dealing with with a diverse set of client applications. Read more.

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