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

Keynote Speakers

Hear from creative leaders and inspiring innovators at Velocity. Keynote presentations take place Wednesday, June 21 and Thursday June 22.

Peter Alvaro

Peter Alvaro
Assistant Professor of Computer Science, UC Santa Cruz

Peter Alvaro 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... Read More.

9:30am Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Lineage-driven fault injection (LDFI), a novel approach to automating failure testing, can greatly reduce the number of faults that must be explored via fault injection. Peter Alvaro explores LDFI’s theoretical roots in the database research notion of provenance and presents early results from the field and opportunities for near- and long-term future research. Full Details
Dave Andrews

Dave Andrews
CDN Architect and Evangelist, Verizon Digital Media Services

David Andrews is a CDN architect and evangelist at Verizon Digital Media Services. He enjoys low-level security exploitation techniques and has an appreciation for the nuances and resulting surprised faces that accompany discovering failure modes in globally distributed systems.... Read More.

9:20am Thursday, June 22, 2017
Cascading failures are every team's worst nightmare. Without the right monitoring, alerting, and containment in place, the failure of a system's key part can quickly result in the entire system failing. Dave Andrews shares strategies for addressing cascading failures at various scales, on a single system, within a given data center and in a globally distributed environment. Full Details
Kristopher Beevers

Kristopher Beevers
CEO, NS1

Kristopher Beevers is founder and CEO of NS1, the next-gen DNS and traffic management company. Previously, Kristopher led platform development at Voxel.net (acquired by Internap), where he built cloud and bare metal platforms, content delivery networks, and other... Read More.

10:15am Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Today we depend upon service providers (for storage, compute, network, DNS, CDN, and much more) to build and deliver our applications. Even when the most sophisticated service providers on the internet fail—and they do—it’s still possible to build resilient applications. Kristopher Beevers explores how ops teams and developers are thinking about resiliency in a service provider world. Full Details
Artur Bergman

Artur Bergman
Founder and CEO, Fastly

Artur Bergman is the founder and CEO of Fastly, the future of content delivery. Previously, he served as CTO at Wikia, managed LiveJournal’s engineering team, and was an operations architect at Six Apart. In past lives, he was... Read More.

9:00am Wednesday, June 21, 2017
When Fastly CEO Artur Bergman helped organize the first Velocity event 10 years ago, the tech landscape was very different. Artur looks back at the last decade of DevOps and explores shifting patterns in operations, development, and systems through the lens of the Velocity Conference. Full Details
Cliff Crocker

Cliff Crocker
Product Line Director, Akamai

Cliff Crocker is a product line director at Akamai Technologies, where he spends his time building product strategy for performance analytics. Previously, he was vice president of product at SOASTA and engineering leader for the performance, reliability, and site... Read More.

9:50am Thursday, June 22, 2017
Most tools designed to help you manage your systems fall into two categories: finders, such as monitoring services and log file analyzers, or fixers, such as cloud infrastructure providers or container orchestration. It's up to you to translate information from your finders into actions for your fixers. Cliff Crocker explains how to use intelligent analytics to connect data to actions. Full Details
Tammy Everts

Tammy Everts
CXO, SpeedCurve

Tammy Everts is chief experience officer at SpeedCurve, where she helps companies understand how visitors use their websites. She has spent the past two decades studying how people use the web. Since 2009, she’s focused on the intersection between... Read More.

10:25am Thursday, June 22, 2017
Tammy Everts walks you through a brief history of UX and web performance research, highlighting key studies that connect the dots between performance and user experience and sharing some educated guesses about new metrics that are just around the corner. Full Details
Camille Fournier

Camille Fournier
Former Head of Engineering at Rent the Runway, Independent

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.

10:25am Wednesday, June 21, 2017
There is compelling evidence that technical workers want leaders who are strong technologists, leaders they believe they can learn from. What does this mean for those who wish to become engineering managers and technical leaders? How can you be an effective noncoding technical leader? Camille Fournier explores this conundrum and shares strategies to overcome it. Full Details
Alexander Grbic

Alexander Grbic
Vice President, Product Marketing, Programmable Solutions Group, Intel

Alexander (Alex) Grbic is vice president of product marketing in the Programmable Solutions group at Intel Corporation, where he is responsible for defining, promoting, and managing innovative hardware, software, and intellectual property products for Intel’s programmable logic solutions, spanning the... Read More.

9:55am Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Alex Grbic explains how a single FPGA can deliver significant acceleration for multiple workloads. This new approach of integrating data analytics frameworks and existing databases enables enterprise customers to run unmodified applications without requiring any FPGA expertise and can be used with unstructured, NoSQL, and traditional relational databases, such as Swarm64. Full Details

David Hayes
Director, Platform Strategy, PagerDuty

David Hayes is a full-time time data nerd and the director of platform strategy at PagerDuty, where he is scaling the most reliable way of waking up the IT world. Dave can be comfortably blamed for anything you hate about... Read More.

10:20am Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Growing companies are customer-centric, and all members of an organization are now responsible for contributing to the customer experience. David Hayes explains why DevOps is a requirement for success and outlines some of the challenges that all DevOps teams will face over the next five years. Full Details
Micha Hernandez van Leuffen

Micha Hernandez van Leuffen
CEO and Founder, Wercker

Micha “Mies” Hernandez van Leuffen is a hacker entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Wercker, which he created in order to make developers’ lives easier by building the next generation of developer automation for the modern cloud.

10:15am Thursday, June 22, 2017
Developing and running applications in a cloud-native world has a problem set of its own. While this paradigm solves a lot of old challenges, moving to containers and microservices and launching them at scale on schedulers such as Kubernetes requires a different approach. Micha Hernandez van Leuffen shares five best practices for developing cloud-native applications. Full Details
Kelsey Hightower

Kelsey Hightower
Staff Developer Advocate, Google Cloud Platform, Google

Kelsey Hightower has worn every hat possible throughout his career in tech but most enjoys leadership roles focused on making things happen and shipping software. Kelsey is a strong open source advocate focused on building simple tools that make people... Read More.

9:00am Thursday, June 22, 2017
Keynote by Kelsey Hightower Full Details
Adam Jacob

Adam Jacob
CTO, Chef

Twelve-year system operations veteran Adam Jacob is the CTO of Chef, a company whose mission is to bring infrastructure automation to the masses. He is the primary author of Chef.

10:00am Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Velocity helped define the era of DevOps and usher in the deep transformation of the field. Adam Jacob looks back on why this happened and explains how we need to shift our perspective to design organizations that can cope with not only what's new but also what's coming next. Full Details
Phillip Liu

Phillip Liu
CTO, SignalFx

Phillip Liu is the CTO and a founder of SignalFx. Phil has more than 20 years of experience in distributed systems. Previously, he was a software architect at Facebook, where he led development of Facebook’s infrastructure-as-a-service platform and several... Read More.

9:25am Thursday, June 22, 2017
Phillip Liu explores the one thing that has become a driver of ever better engineering: constant removal of friction for engineers to not only build and ship code but also understand how code is used and how it works and operates. The end result is a culture that promotes many possible ways to address given challenges and surfaces novel approaches, which may have never arisen otherwise. Full Details
Dianne Marsh

Dianne Marsh
Director of Engineering, Cloud Tools, Netflix

Dianne Marsh is a director of engineering at Netflix, where she leads a team responsible for tools and systems used for continuous integration, delivery, and deployment to the AWS cloud by nearly all engineers in the company—which are often... Read More.

9:55am Thursday, June 22, 2017
Our industry moves fast. What does that mean for our teams, for our careers, for companies that we join or create? Beyond committing to a career of continuous learning, what does remaining relevant in tech look like? Dianne Marsh looks back at 30 years as a software professional, addressing how things have changed and how they've stayed the same. Full Details
Dawn Parzych

Dawn Parzych
Director of Product and Solution Marketing , Catchpoint

Dawn Parzych is the director of product and solution marketing at Catchpoint. Dawn enjoys researching, writing, and speaking about trends related to application performance, user perception, and how they impact the digital experience. In 15+ year career, Dawn has held... Read More.

9:50am Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Human perception and biases can influence how metrics are interpreted. While valid metrics can open lines of communication across and within teams, using vanity metrics or data to shame others can be counterproductive. Dawn Parzych explains how you can make a real and lasting impact on your organization by understanding the influence assumptions and biases have and how to present credible data. Full Details
Corey Scobie

Corey Scobie
Vice President, Open Platform and Product Experience, Akamai

Corey Scobie is vice president of Open Platform and product experience at Akamai Technologies, where he leads strategy and delivery of Akamai’s command and control console, Luna Control Center, as well as the portfolio of customer- and developer-facing applications and... Read More.

9:25am Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Using statistics about internet traffic patterns and growth from the past decade as a backdrop, Corey Scobie shares insights as to how and why edge computing clouds are so critical to the success of builders of scalable apps. Full Details
Dharma Shukla

Dharma Shukla
Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft

Dharma Shukla is a distinguished engineer at Microsoft and the founder of Azure Cosmos DB, a globally distributed, multitenant database service on Azure. Over his career, Dharma has worked on a range of distributed systems and databases at Microsoft... Read More.

9:30am Thursday, June 22, 2017
Dharma Shukla explores Azure Cosmos DB, discussing the internals of the system design and the various design trade-offs Azure had to make while building the service. Dharma also shares his experience and lessons learned operating a globally distributed database service worldwide while maintaining comprehensive service level agreements. Full Details
Ines Sombra

Ines Sombra
Director of Engineering, Fastly

Ines Sombra is director of engineering at Fastly, where she spends her time helping the web go faster. Ines holds an MS in computology with an emphasis on cheesy ’80’s rock ballads. She has a fondness for steak, fernet, and... Read More.

8:55am Thursday, June 22, 2017
Program chairs Mary Treseler, James Turnbull, and Ines Sombra open the second day of keynotes. Full Details
8:55am Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Program chairs Mary Treseler, James Turnbull, and Ines Sombra open the first day of keynotes. Full Details
Mary Treseler

Mary Treseler
Vice President, Content Strategy, O'Reilly Media

M​ary Treseler is vice president of content strategy at O’Reilly Media, ​where she leads an editorial team that covers a wide range of topics from DevOps to design, and the chair of O’Reilly’s Velocity Conference. Mary has been working on... Read More.

8:55am Thursday, June 22, 2017
Program chairs Mary Treseler, James Turnbull, and Ines Sombra open the second day of keynotes. Full Details
8:55am Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Program chairs Mary Treseler, James Turnbull, and Ines Sombra open the first day of keynotes. Full Details
James Turnbull

James Turnbull
CTO, Empatico

James Turnbull is the CTO of Empatico. A longtime member of the open source community, James is the author of nine technical books about open source software: The Terraform Book, The Art of Monitoring, The Logstash... Read More.

8:55am Thursday, June 22, 2017
Program chairs Mary Treseler, James Turnbull, and Ines Sombra open the second day of keynotes. Full Details
8:55am Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Program chairs Mary Treseler, James Turnbull, and Ines Sombra open the first day of keynotes. Full Details
Martin Woodward

Martin Woodward
Principal Program Manager, Microsoft

Martin Woodward is the principal program manager for DevOps in Microsoft, where he focuses on Visual Studio Team Services and Team Foundation Server. Previously, Martin was executive director of the .NET Foundation, helping drive Microsoft’s move to open source,... Read More.

9:20am Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Martin Woodward tells the story of how Microsoft’s internal engineering systems are being transformed from a collection of disparate in-house tools built up over decades to One Engineering System with a globally distributed 24x7x365 service on the public cloud, utilizing modern techniques and industry-recognized open source technologies. Full Details