Web developers will need an ample supply of RUM to ensure their applications are performing to users' satisfaction. Patrick Lightbody, Director, Product Development, Neustar Web Performance, advises developers that beyond nav timings the core things users care about are performance, availability, and functionality. In this talk Patrick describes the tools developers can use to evaluate critical web metrics, and how to produce a meaningful score card from the data they produce.
The very standards and conditions that made the Web a permissive, open environment have come under an attack from an onslaught of legal regulations and the monopolistic aspirations of bandwidth and software providers. Albert Wenger, Managing Partner at Union Square Ventures, takes us on a journey of why the Web has proved successful for us, what made it interesting and open, how the very conditions that helped the Web flourish are under a threat, and what we can do about them.
All systems suffer from failures, but less frequently than expected. Why is it we have so few accidents in a world that behaves so badly? Dr Richard Cook speaks to this issue and what we learn from it based on twenty-five years of research beginning with the medical field in emergency rooms, surgical theaters and application of anesthesia. His scope then expands to other complex systems in such critical and dangerous human endeavors as aviation, power generation and distribution, and military operations.
"Since the 10th of November 2010, Amazon has not used a single physical web server. Everything is hosted on EC2 hosts," announces a proud Jon Jenkins, the Director of Platform Analysis at Amazon. Until now, the Velocity conference has laid the focus of their spotlight on Web velocity, i.e. Web performance. Jenkins moves the spotlight in the direction of "Web operations." He argues that optimizations in operations too can lead to greater business profits.
Solid-state drives or SSD's are much better than electromechanical drives such as the Hard Disk Drive or HDD. Low boot-up time, no audible clicks or spinning noise, low access time, less power consumption, no vibration -- these are only some of the advantages that SSD's offer. Hacker and technologist Artur Bergman tells us about them. Artur is the VP of Engineering and Operations and Wikia. Warning: This talk contains strong language and may not be suitable to listen to at work.
One of the many concerns a web site operator has is how well a site performs. It's a relative but important issue and one over which the site operator only has partial control. Exceptional performance is possible but can also be lost. Site performance requires constant monitoring. Alois Reitbauer from dynaTrace discusses what should be monitored and how to do it.
Today's enterprises demand a comprehensive application performance management tool that keeps pace with the speed and complexity of the applications that it monitors. Brian Doll, Director, Technical Marketing at New Relic introduces the company's end-to-end application performance management tool.
Artur Bergman, CEO of Fastly, tells everyone what he really thinks about ops software offerings and their marketing. Given the state of things, it's important for any ops manager to be a generalist, and be ready to delve into understanding the nuances of distributed systems to fix underlying problems that cause delays and loss of traffic. Months after this talk, Bergman made tools available on GitHub, beginning to cover the scope of things to know for optimum operations. Warning: Strong Language.
President of StrangeLoop Networks Joshua Bixby guides us through what he calls the Mobile Revolution. He presents us with data his company has collected over the years in specific (though anonymous) case studies relating to the increase of mobile website traffic. The figures are compelling and the message even more. New entrepreneurs as well as internet-business veterans need to pay attention to the mobile market. It is already a non-negligible facet of internet commerce and will continue to grow in years to come.
Arnaud Becart, Product Manager at ip-label talks about how ip-label has embraced both active and passive website monitoring to develop an exhaustive end user monitoring solution for its clients. Citing several examples, the presentation discusses how ip-label helps its clients in monitoring user experience across different platforms, several browsers, diverse locations, multiple devices, various content types and varied contexts.