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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The O'Reilly Velocity Conference provides you with real-world best practices for building, deploying, and running complex, distributed applications and systems.
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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.
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 (disorderlylabs.github.io). 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) is a Former Apple Senior Staff Engineer, Data Infrastructure, interim CTO, with.me, 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) 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 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) 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 (Mesosphere) is a developer advocate at Mesosphere, where he helps app ops build and operate distributed applications. Michael's background is in large-scale data integration, Hadoop, NoSQL datastores, the IoT, and web applications; he's also experienced in advocacy and standardization at W3C and IETF. Michael contributes to open source software (Kubernetes, Apache Mesos, Apache Myriad, etc.) and shares his experience with distributed operating systems and large-scale data processing through blog posts and public speaking engagements.
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) 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) 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 RubyGems.org and Bundler infrastructure.
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 Bridgetkromhout.com, and is active in a Twitterverse near you.
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) 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) 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) 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) 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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