Velocity Web Performance and Operations Conference

O'Reilly just announced Velocity, their first conference focused on web performance and operations. It's scheduled for June 23-24, 2008 at the San Francisco Airport Marriott in Burlingame. I'm proud to say that Jesse Robbins and I are co-chairing Velocity.

The idea for this conference came after a late night dinner in Seattle with several performance gurus including John Jenkins (Amazon), John Rauser (Farecast), and Nate Moch (Zillow). We had spent the night exchanging ops war stories and performance insights. I hated seeing the night come to an end and promised to find a venue for us and others to gather and share best practices. The idea of learning from other experts and sharing our lessons learned to help others avoid the pitfalls we had already discovered was exciting. JJ, Nate, and I, along with Jesse Robbins and Artur Bergman, met with Tim O'Reilly and Brady Forrest at OSCON and got the ball rolling.

If you're the person your company turns to to keep the web site running, you'll want to make this conference. More importantly, if you're someone who wants to learn from these industry leaders to find out how to make your site fast, scalable, and always available block your calendar for June 23-24. To help make sure we have the most relevant topics and speakers we've gathered an incredible program committee: Artur Bergman (O'Reilly Radar & Wikia), Cal Henderson (Flickr & author of Building Scalable Web Sites), Jon Jenkins (Amazon), and Eric Schurman (Live Search).

Velocity's Call for Participation is now open. We're looking for proposals in the areas of scalability, networking, Ajax performance, database performance, capacity planning, monitoring, and more. See the CFP for the full list. Proposals will be accepted until January 3, 2008.

Registration opens in March 2008. Until then, stay in touch using the official RSS feed. You can also join the Facebook group and Upcoming event. Please use velocity08 when tagging. I hope to see you in June.

Steve Souders
Chief Performance Yahoo!