Velocity 2011, the Web Performance and Operation Conference by Lidia Thompson

Jun 20, 2011 45 Comments by

O’Reilly Velocity 2011

Over the three days June 14-16, 2011 at Santa Clara Convention Center, the industry leaders and innovators shared the solutions how to make web pages fast, scalable and reliable.

Velocity 2011 conference has grown since the first Velocity back in 2008. The number of near 2000 attendees, speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors was bigger than ever before. The impact of making web pages fast, scalable, and reliable is clear: more traffic, a better user experience, reduced operating costs, and increased revenue – admitted the Program Chairs – Steve Sounders & Jesse Robbins – Everyone wants these wins, but the path to finding, understanding, and deploying the appropriate technologies for Web is challenging – That’s where Velocity comes in. On the top of that we have greater diversity in the clients and networks accessing our sites, and increasing demands in the amount of data users need to store and consume. We need to deliver an optimal experience on all these platforms. The key to doing that is increased automation. Hence our theme for Velocity 2011: Automated, Optimized, Ubiquitous.

The developer’s culture is vibrant and inspiring what everyone noticed in this crowd. In addition to the two tracks that were from the beginning, Web Performance and Operations, the organizers added Velocity Culture returning from its debut last year. On the top of that was another program: Mobile Performance.

Velocity 2011 conference is all about developers and is interesting because has all large of Silicon Valley companies: Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Amazon or Microsoft – said the attendee Jeff Burch  – When you approached their boots some of them were saying – we hiring, do you want a job? That is very unusual. This conference is talking Web to the next step. All we need is internet. We don’t care when we get the information or where is the data stored. When you walking to your room and flip on the light do you think about power plant that is creating the electricity. You just want light.

Developer from Poland shared his opinion about the conference. The real value is to hear innovators describing the solutions that have and haven’t work for them. These people work with technology 365 days a year, 24/7. I was especially interested in Postmortem Analysis session. I also love that companies here are hiring.

From OpenStack to Hadoop, Mobile Web to WebSockets, Velocity has the keys for building tomorrow’s Web today.

Link to all keynotes: courtesy of O’Reilly




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