Posts Tagged ‘LeaseWeb Tech Summit’
LeaseWeb’s annual Amsterdam TechSummit took place on June 2 at the Pakhuis de Zwijger, an old warehouse converted to a high-tech multimedia event center. The summit was sold out with over 315 attendees who came to hear a variety of presentations from professionals focusing on this year’s theme: Designing for Scalability.
Those who attended were a diverse assortment of software developers, operations engineers, and managers from companies both large and small. Many of the attendees were local but a good percentage of them had traveled from other countries including Germany, Spain, and even as far as Liberia. All of them were looking to learn about ways to help them grow not only from a technology perspective but how to scale up their engineering teams and how to anticipate and deal with the issues that result from that growth. The summit also provided a good opportunity to network with peers and learn about the challenges they face and what they’ve learned from past mistakes.
Last year, we merged our existing operations and development departments into one Product Engineering department. Since then we have been focusing a lot on coaching all 13 teams and improving their effectiveness
In october last year, we attended an excellent talk by Bol.com at Velocity Amsterdam. In this talk they explained their ongoing transition towards DevOps. One of the concepts they introduced, was a maturity model to measure and incentivise continuous improvements within a team.
Inspired by the Bol.com talk, we have since developed and implemented a maturity model within our Product Engineering organization which consists of a matrix of four levels in four categories.
The theme of TechSummit 2016 Berlin and Amsterdam is “Designing for Scalability”. But what do we really mean by the word “scalability”?
Well, we’re all familiar with the standard definition along the lines of Wikipedia’s definition: “The capability of a system, network, or process to handle a growing amount of work… A system whose performance improves after adding hardware, proportionally to the capacity added, is said to be a scalable system.”
Preparations are in full swing for the newest, freshest event on the tech calendar: TechSummit Berlin 2016. It’s a must-see happening for programmers, developers or anyone in DevOps, SysAdmin or IT management as top speakers from leading tech and retail companies share tips and secrets on designing systems for scalability.
Learn from expert speakers
All the invited speakers have years of hands-on experience developing powerful tech solutions in the real world. Taking the summit’s theme “Designing for Scalability” as a starting point, here are just some of the talks to look forward to:
The second annual LeaseWeb Tech Summit took place in Amsterdam on 4 June attracting over 200 participants. More than a dozen speakers from a wide range of international companies gave a series of presentations on the theme of “Automate. Build. Secure.´ Kicking off the day at The Undercurrent venue on the banks of the river IJ in Amsterdam, Netherlands, LeaseWeb’s Innovation Director Laurens Rosenthal told the mainly developer and DevOps audience that the event was a chance to get under the hood of the internet and that “the more technical the presentations, the better”. He was right.
Automate. Build. Secure.
On the “Automation” theme, Marc van Eijk boldly stated that “Microsoft is cool again” going on to describe the benefits of Azure Resource Manager and his vision of how the hybrid cloud of the future will look. Job Snijders of NTT talked about his company’s use of SDN and some of the lessons learned from using automated control while Paul de Raaij explained how Coolblue develops its business critical software in-house using the principle of “continuous integration”.
Thursday June 4 is going to be the day: the second LeaseWeb Tech Summit will take place in Amsterdam. The Tech Summit is going to be a spectacular event full of fascinating technical presentations by hosting specialists from all around the world. But there is also plenty of time to ask questions and to socialize while enjoying a drink.
The Tech Summit is intended for techies, so you won’t be hearing marketing pitches and sales talks. What you will get to hear are the latest technical ins-and-outs about hosting, automation and security. Besides speakers from LeaseWeb, there are also (international) experts from companies like Docker, Sendgrid, Cisco Systems, PowerDNS, NTT Networks, Coolblue and Booking.com. So it’s the perfect opportunity to exchange thoughts about cutting edge technology with experts you don’t run into every day. What can you expect?
Algolia is a distributed Search-as-a-Service API that processes more than 4 billions user-generated queries per month. Algolia’s DNA is performance, the service is optimized to reply in milliseconds from any location worldwide while maintaining high availability. Today, Algolia’s co-founder and CTO Julien Lemoine provides details on their architecture, showing how they designed their fault tolerant service and how they use LeaseWeb.
Under the hood
Building a highly available API distributed over 12 regions isn’t an easy process – especially since our users can select the set of regions they want to use. Under the hood, we automatically replicate their data and synchronize any change on all their regions. This approach is really different from a CDN that just keeps a cache of recently accessed data, we guarantee our users that any of the regions they have selected have all of the data locally and can serve their search requests. In other words, all write operations of our users are applied on all their regions, even for a very high load of write operations per second.