January 20-22, 2012, Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel


Greg DeKoenigsberg

Keynote: Amazon and the Future of the Open Cloud

Amazon Web Services is the dominant public cloud provider in the industry.  And for good reason: they make it dead simple to get up and running in the cloud.  Lock-in risks in the public cloud world, though, are enormous: what alternatives will users have if, for whatever reason, they decide that Amazon services are no longer for them?  How do we leverage the freedom of choice provided by open source in a cloud world that is increasingly dominated by a single entity?



Selena Deckelmann

Keynote: Mistakes Were Made

Ever have a code release go horribly wrong? Have a routine system upgrade turn into 12 hours of downtime? Had to field angry phone calls from engineers, customers and your boss?

Sometimes things go horribly wrong. This talk will teach you how to plan for the worst, minimize risk and recover gracefully from failure.

In an ideal world, code would have complete test coverage, releases would be seamless and databases wouldn’t require downtimes to upgrade. The fact is, most companies still have to manage systems upgrades and code deployment that includes downtime. This talk is for you.

Elements to successful downtimes include: proper testing, automated checks for success, completely failback plans, and a timeline. We’ll go over useful tools for keeping track of what is going on before, during and after a downtime, and talk through good and bad communication for employees and customers.

We’ll also talk about how non-technical people can evaluate technical change. And how having the right stakeholders involved from the beginning of the planning process reduces risk.

Stories to illustrate success and failure will come from Selena Deckelmann’s 15 years in education, public and private sectors, as a consultant, DBA and IT manager.

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