Welcome to the second (and final) day of the new Velocity Web performance and operations conference! I’m here to bring you the finest in big-hotel-ballroom-fueled info and drama from the day.
In the meantime, Peco had met our old friend Alistair Croll, once of Coradiant and now freelance, blogging on “Bitcurrent.” Oh, and also at the vendor expo yesterday we saw something exciting – an open source offering from a company called ControlTier, which is a control and deployment app. We have one in house largely written by Peco called “Monolith” – more for control (self healing) and app deploys, which is why we don’t use cfengine or puppet, which have very different use cases. His initial take is that ControlTier has all the features he’s implemented and all the ones on his list to implement for Monolith, so we’re very intrigued.
We kick off with a video of base jumpers, just to get the adrenaline going. Then, a “quirkily humorous” video about Faceball.
Steve and Jesse kick us off again today, and announce that the conference has more than 600 attendees, which is way above predictions! Sweet. And props to the program team, Artur Bergman (Wikia), Cal Henderson (Yahoo!), Jon Jenkins (Amazon), and Eric Shurman (Microsoft). Velocity 2009 is on! This makes us happy, we believe that this niche – web admin, web systems, web operations, whatever you call it – is getting quite large and needs/deserves some targeted attention.