Building and maintaining complex distributed systems
June 19–20, 2017: Training
June 20–22, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
San Jose, CA

About Velocity

Why attend | Experience Velocity | Who should attend | What people are saying | Program chairs

Modern systems pose a number of thorny challenges: they are inherently complex, span multiple technologies, groups, and sometimes different organizations altogether. Most poignantly, they fail in the most unexpected and spectacular ways. The O'Reilly Velocity Conference is the best place on the planet for web ops and systems engineering professionals like you to learn from your peers, exchange ideas with experts, and share best practices and lessons learned for handling modern systems and applications.

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Why attend

Build Resilient Systems
The O'Reilly Velocity Conference provides you with real-world best practices for building, deploying, and running complex, distributed applications and systems.

Quality Time with Experts
Take advantage of this rare opportunity to meet face-to-face with a cadre of industry leaders who are taking web performance and operations to the next level. Bring your entire team to share ideas and get your toughest questions answered by the experts.

Four Intense Days Devoted to Web Operations, DevOps, and Systems Engineering
Velocity packs a wealth of big ideas, know-how, and connections into four concentrated days. You'll be able to apply what you've learned immediately and you'll be well prepared for what lies ahead.

Experience Velocity

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  • Inspirational keynote presentations that bring clarity to complex issues and new perspectives on the state of the art
  • Immersive training courses and tutorials addressing critical topics and technologies
  • Two days of technical sessions covering both practical and emerging issues
  • An Exhibit Hall featuring dozens of the latest tools and products
  • Fun evening events, Birds of a Feather sessions, and plenty of networking opportunities

Who should attend

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  • Systems and site reliability engineers
  • Systems architects
  • Application developers
  • DevOps practitioners
  • Researchers and academics
  • Teams engaged in operations, infrastructure, and cloud ecosystems
  • CTOs and CIOs seeking to streamline operations

What people are saying about Velocity

The Velocity Conference is an excellent opportunity to learn about devops and new technologies being used today. Whether you are a rookie or a veteran in the devops world, you will meet some like minded people who are all striving to solve complex problems in complex environments. I highly recommend attending the Velocity Conference."
—Jeremy Ramage, Shaw Communications Inc.
As a first time attendee, I was really impressed by the variety of subject areas, technologies, and vendors. Whether you are in development, operations, product, or management, you will not only leave with more knowledge and exposure—you will leave inspired."
—Chris Halbert, Senior Web Engineer, Dominion Enterprises
This is a great conference to attend for any web app developer. Loved the quality of the content, the variety of topics, and awesome presenters. I will try to bring my whole team next year."
—Tom Hughes-Croucher, Yahoo! Developer Network Blog
I can say without hyperbole that this was the best conference I've attended. The presentations were from people doing real large-scale web development and included a fair amount of real data and some of their solutions to hard problems."
I have attended Velocity for over six years now and still find us content to be incredibly valid to my daily work efforts and in many ways, it prepares me for a items or feature we hadn't even discovered yet."
—Don Shanks, Marchex
Velocity is the conference where people talk about how to get things done in the real world—if you want to know how the best in the world handle their Operations, Velocity is the place to learn."
—Adam Jacob, Opscode

Program chairs

Mary Treseler

Mary Treseler

M​ary Treseler is ​a content director at O'Reilly Media, ​where she leads an editorial team that covers a wide range of topics from design to devops. Mary is the co-chair of O'Reilly Design Conference and Velocity. She has been working on technical content for 25 years, acquiring, developing, and content in many areas including programming, software engineering, and product design. A Boston native, Mary lives​ oceanside​ ​in Padanaram, MA.

Ines Sombra

Ines Sombra

Ines Sombra is a distributed systems engineer at Fastly, where she spends her time helping the Web go faster. Ines holds an MS in computology with an emphasis on cheesy '80s rock ballads. She has a fondness for steak, fernet, and a pug named Gordo. In a previous life, Ines was a data engineer.

James Turnbull

James Turnbull

James Turnbull is a CTO in residence at Microsoft. A longtime member of the open source community, James is the author of 11 technical books about open source software. Previously, he was CTO at Empatico and Kickstarter, VPE of Venmo, and an adviser at Docker. James likes food, wine, books, photography, and cats. He is not overly keen on long walks on the beach or holding hands.

Committee Members

Peter Alvaro (UC Santa Cruz)Peter Alvaro (UC Santa Cruz) is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of California Santa Cruz, where he leads the Disorderly Labs research group ( His research focuses on using data-centric languages and analysis techniques to build and reason about data-intensive distributed systems, in order to make them scalable, predictable and robust to the failures and nondeterminism endemic to large-scale distribution. Peter earned his PhD at UC Berkeley, where he studied with Joseph M. Hellerstein.

Laine Campbell (SolaceClub)Laine Campbell (SolaceClub) is a Former Apple Senior Staff Engineer, Data Infrastructure, interim CTO,, former CEO and Co Founder of Blackbird, former Founder of PalominoDB. Oracle, MySQL and Cassandra DBA, Architect and Designer for 11 years with such companies as Obama for America, Travelocity, Zappos, Chegg, LiveJournal, Disney Mobile and Adobe. She is also an open-source proponent, and advocate for bringing technology, job opportunities and privileges to underserved populations.

Caskey Dickson (Microsoft)Caskey Dickson (Microsoft) is a site reliability engineer and software engineer at Microsoft, where he has recently been tasked with inventing the new Azure SRE organization. Previously, he was at Google, where he worked on infrastructure systems, writing and maintaining monitoring services that operate at Google scale. Prior to Google, he was a senior developer at Symantec, wrote software for various Internet startups such as CitySearch, Cars Direct, and WeddingChannel, ran a consulting company for several years, and even spent a half decade teaching undergraduate and graduate computer science at Loyola Marymount University. Caskey has an undergraduate degree in computer science, a master's degree in systems engineering, and an MBA from Loyola Marymount.

Camille Fournier (Rent The Runway)Camille Fournier is the former head of engineering at Rent the Runway. She was previously a vice president at Goldman Sachs. Camille is an Apache ZooKeeper committer and PMC member and a Dropwizard framework PMC member.

Nicole Forsgren (DORA)Nicole Forsgren (DORA) is an IT impacts expert who shows leaders and practitioners how to unlock the potential of technology change in their organizations. Best known for her work with tech professionals and as the lead investigator on the State of DevOps Reports, Nicole is the director of organizational performance and analytics at Chef and an academic partner at Clemson University. In a previous life, she was a professor, sysadmin, and hardware performance analyst.

Michael Hausenblas (Red Hat)Michael Hausenblas (Red Hat) is a developer advocate for OpenShift and Kubernetes at Red Hat where he helps appops to build and operate distributed services. He shares his experience with distributed operating systems, large-scale data processing, and IoT applications through demos, blog posts and public speaking engagements and contributes to open source software. Prior to Red Hat, Michael was a Developer Advocate at Mesosphere and Chief Data Engineer at MapR Technologies and before that he was a Research Fellow at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Mark Imbriaco (Operable)Mark Imbriaco (Operable) is the CEO of Operable, focused on helping teams manage production systems, better. He has been in the Internet industry for 20 years, and has worked in a variety of development and operations roles at innovative Web, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, and eCommerce companies. Over the past decade, he's led operations for companies like 37signals, Heroku, LivingSocial, GitHub, and DigitalOcean.

Marty Kagan (Fastly)Marty Kagan (Fastly) is VP of Distributed Systems at Fastly, where he feels right at home after 20 years in the caching/content delivery industry. Prior to Fastly, Marty was Co-founder/CEO of Cedexis and VP Engineering at Akamai Technologies, and helped develop the first transparent caching appliances from Cisco back in the 90's. In his spare time, Marty wanders the streets of Portland, Oregon in search of new food carts.

Sam Kottler (GitHub)Sam Kottler (GitHub) helps technical teams build reliable, efficient, global infrastructure. He has contributed to several open source projects and is a committer to Puppet, RubyGems, Icinga, and others. Sam also helps maintain the and Bundler infrastructure.

Bridget Kromhout (Pivotal)Bridget Kromhout (Pivotal) is a principal technologist for Cloud Foundry at Pivotal. Her CS degree emphasis was in theory, but she now deals with the concrete (if "cloud" can be considered tangible). After years in site reliability operations (most recently at DramaFever), Bridget traded in on-call for more travel. A frequent speaker at tech conferences, she helps organize the AWS and DevOps meetups at home in Minneapolis, serves on the program committee for Velocity, and acts as a global core organizer for DevOpsDays. Bridget podcasts at Arrested DevOps, occasionally blogs at, and is active in a Twitterverse near you.

Zeeshan Lakhani (Comcast)Zeeshan Lakhani (Comcast) became a programmer by way of film and music recording/technology. Moving from science center to startup to NYPL Labs to working on distributed computing at Basho, he's presently a principal engineer at Comcast. He has accrued tons of necessary and needless information, and is a polyglot who will dive into anything related to programming languages, particularly functional languages, machine learning, and math. Additionally, he is one of the lead organizers and founders of Papers We Love!

Devon O'Dell (Fastly)Devon O'Dell (Fastly) is a recovering competitive Guitar Hero and Rock Band addict, but still occasionally enjoys rhythm games and jamming on guitar and drums. Today, he is a tech lead at Fastly, where he's primarily focused on getting folks un-stuck. Prior to Fastly, Devon was Lead Software Architect at Message Systems, and contributed heavily to the Momentum high-performance messaging platform. His experience over the past 15 years ranges from web applications to embedded systems firmware (and most areas in-between). His primary technical interests are developing and debugging low-latency concurrent network systems software and related tools.

Alex Rasmussen (Freenome)Alex Rasmussen (Freenome) is the VP of Engineering at Freenome, a startup developing software to combat cancer and other age-related diseases. He holds a Ph.D. from University of California San Diego, where his dissertation focused on highly-efficient large scale data processing systems. While at UCSD, he led the TritonSort project, which set several world records in large scale sorting.

J. Paul Reed (Independent)J. Paul Reed (Independent) is the founder of Release Engineering Approaches, a consultancy incorporating a host of tools and techniques to help organizations "Simply Ship. Every time." Paul has worked across a number of industries, from financial services to cloud-based infrastructure, with teams from 2 to 2,000 on everything from tooling, operational analysis and improvement, and team culture transformation to business value optimization. He is also the chief delivery officer and a visiting scientist at Praxisflow.

Nicholas Weaver (Intel)Nicholas Weaver (Intel) is Director at Intel Corporation leading engineering efforts on telemetry, orchestration, scheduling, and emerging technology. Previously he was the lead automation architect at VMware’s vCloud Air. His passion is in finding the next evolution of the datacenter through intelligent automation. He spends his spare time smoking meats, flying his drones, and wandering the wilderness of Oregon with his family.

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