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Infrastructure Meets Inspiration at Velocity 2009: O'Reilly Conference Opens Call for Participation

November 17, 2008

Sebastopol, CA, November 17—Want to make your websites fast, scalable, efficient, and reliable? O'Reilly's Velocity, the Web Performance and Operations Conference on June 22-24, 2009, at the Fairmont in San Jose, CA, shows how to develop those traits. Dedicated to helping people build better infrastructures, Velocity offers developers and engineers the key for crossing over from cool Web 2.0 features to sustainable websites. Program chairs Jesse Robbins and Steve Souders have opened the call for participation and invite proposals for conference sessions, panels, and a newly added full day of tutorials at Velocity 2009.

"Velocity pulls together industry leaders covering the most important areas of web performance and operations. I'm looking forward to discussing how to get the most out of the latest browsers including Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 3, Safari 4, and Chrome. The competition is really strong in this area, especially with regard to JavaScript performance," says Steve. "Another theme we're highlighting is best practices in performance and operations that improve the user experience as well as the company's bottom line. These are the best kind of win-win optimizations that everyone can rally behind."

"Web Performance and Operations are critical to the success (and survival) of every company that depends on the web for revenue," adds Jesse. "This year's Velocity will focus on how to get more done with fewer resources, efficient design and scaling techniques, and the best ways to manage change."

Velocity provides the place to learn how to build websites and services that raise the standards for fast, scalable, efficient, and reliable. Pages can be faster. Sites can have higher up-time. Companies can achieve more with less. The next cool startup can scale more quickly and globally to serve a larger audience.

Jesse and Steve ask for authentic, descriptive, and specific proposals on topics including, but in no way limited to:

  • How web performance and operations impact the bottom line
  • Designing social networking sites for scalability and speed
  • Optimization techniques that make websites as fast and reliable as desktop apps
  • Serving ads without killing performance
  • How to balance blazing performance with cutting-edge design
  • Real-world incident management, like a pit crew would
  • Metrics: how to measure, what to measure, and what to do about it
  • Networking, DNS, and load balancing techniques
  • Managed web services: disasters survived and lessons learned
  • Capacity planning and load testing
  • Open Source tools for monitoring and instrumentation

Velocity will bring together developers, engineers and managers from companies of all sizes, technical executives looking out for the bottom line, CTOs and CIOs seeking to streamline operations, technology evangelists and entrepreneurs pushing their enterprise boundaries, researchers, and academics.

Building on the success of last year's inaugural Velocity, this year's conference offers attendees three intense days of:

  • In-depth workshops offering hands-on solutions to real problems
  • Two tracks covering the key aspects of Web Performance and Operations
  • Inspirational keynote presentations that bring clarity to thorny issues
  • Over 600 web developers and experts under one roof
  • An Exhibit Hall featuring dozens of the latest tools and products
  • Ignite, a rapid-fire showcase of amazing projects and ideas
  • Fun evening events, Birds of a Feather sessions, and plenty of networking opportunities

Velocity 2008 sponsors and exhibitors included: Akamai, Google, Hyperic, Sun Microsystems, 3Tera, Cordiant, Keynote Systems, Limelight Networks, Inc., OpSource, Amazon Web Services, BlueArc, ControlTier, DeviceAnywhere, RightScale, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Webmetrics.

Proposals will be accepted through January 5, 2009, and early registration for attendees and media will open in March, 2009.

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