Posts Tagged ‘TechSummit’

Abstractions over Scale – interview with Docker

Aanand Prasad, an engineer from Docker, spoke about Abstractions Over Scale and Docker’s open-source software suite at LeaseWeb’s TechSummit in Amsterdam:

We wanted to get a little more insight into how tools like these are affecting the traditional ways of scaling technology:

LeaseWeb: A lot of times you see a gap between the engineers who manage servers and the developers who write the code. Why do you think this issue continues to exist and what are the common problems people face trying to fit two different environments?

Aanand: I think the reason it persists is two-fold: firstly they are dramatically different environments and there are very different problems with completely different concerns, at least underneath. My quixotic endeavor is to make the case that they don’t need to be. Which is an uphill struggle, because usually the job of getting something running in production and the job of getting something running in development are done by completely different people, completely different teams even who might not spend much time talking to each other. It’s nonetheless my hope that with tools like Docker and with abstractions like containers and networks and volumes, we can get to the point where the differences between those environments are minimized.

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Looking back at TechSummit Amsterdam 2016

20160602-155855-IMG_9652- Bibi VethLeaseWeb’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.

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Diving deeper into Kubernetes with Google’s Terrence Ryan

20160602-135618-_MG_0513- Bibi VethTerrence Ryan, a developer advocate at Google, gave a talk entitled Containing Chaos With Kubernetes at LeaseWeb’s TechSummit in Amsterdam on June 2nd. We sat down to find out a little bit more about his thoughts on the topic.

Interviewer: What issues are facing engineering departments who have just moved to containers?
Terrence: One of the large issues I’ve seen is how you manage and keep track of them all. Containers are ephemeral, so there is the switching over to the dev practices that supports that.

Having applications and architecture that is fault tolerant in the sense that these containers go away and that should be ok because the data is stored persistently somewhere else. All the app is doing is computing stuff and sending it back to the users. One of the big challenges we’ve seen and one that Kubernetes tends to solve is, “I have all of these containers, how do I keep track of them?” Those are the two problems we see come up. Kubernetes solves the management of the containers.
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Scaling our engineering departments (part 1)

AdServing_01_FlexibilityIn this blog post I’m going to cover how we are scaling our engineering department at LeaseWeb: where we started, the lessons we’ve learned, and how we are hoping to move forward. LeaseWeb was founded in 1997 and we currently have over 350 employees throughout the world with the majority working at our headquarters in Amsterdam. The engineering department currently has about 100 employees and manages 65,000 servers in seven locations (with more to be added soon).

In the past development was based on shifting priorities rather than planned business cases. Developers weren’t able to concentrate their efforts on thoroughly building, testing, documenting, and presenting a demo for one project before another more urgent one was moved to the head of the line. Operations and Development were working on different schedules and weren’t able to meet each other’s requirements to their mutual satisfaction. We wanted to change this.

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The Seven Deadly Sins of Web Scale (Part 2)

joshua_web_scale_part_2In this 2-part mini-series, Joshua Hoffman examines some of the common issues companies face when designing for scalability. Read part 1 here.

In my previous blog I looked at what I call the first three sins of web scale – pride (the refusal to use tools not invented here), envy (the desire for a more exciting project) and gluttony (ignoring scope and capacity). Today I’ll discuss the other four sins you need to be aware of when building and deploying your app or product. So without further ado, let’s check them out.

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Scalability: The hot topic at this year’s TechSummit

TS_CoreViz_SocMedia_TNWThe 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.”

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Techsummit Berlin 2016 Podcast: Owning your reliability

Who do you trust? What do you control? What are your dependencies? Reliability in the Internet is an adrenaline adventure but we all want a good night sleep and working service. Adam Surak, DevOps Engineer at Algolia previews some of the reliability nightmares he’s going to discuss at TechSummit Berlin.

TechSummit Berlin takes place on 13 April 2016. Join others from the tech community for a day of informal chat and information exchange – all in the cool surroundings of Berlin. More info, full lineup and tickets: www.techsummit.io/berlin

The origins of TechSummits hosted by LeaseWeb

In 2014 we held a tryout. Last year we went public. This year we’re going on tour. But where did the idea of organizing TechSummits come from?

TechSummit Berlin takes place on 13 April 2016. Join others from the tech community for a day of informal chat and information exchange – all in the cool surroundings of Berlin. More info, full lineup and tickets: www.techsummit.io/berlin

TechSummits: Why does LeaseWeb organize them?

TS_CoreViz_RGB_300Our TechSummits have been going for a couple of years now. They started small – just a bunch of LeaseWeb guys getting together to talk tech – but last year’s TechSummit Amsterdam marked a turning point. With well over two hundred attendees and some 20 speakers we knew we were on to something big. That’s why we’re expanding the concept. This year there will be multiple TechSummits, in prime locations such as Berlin and Amsterdam, which gives us the opportunity to give something back to the tech community.

Sharing knowledge. Having fun.
LeaseWeb has a huge amount of talent in its ranks. The guys and girls in DevOps, Product Engineering and SysAdmin represent the real heartbeat of the company. Getting and sharing knowledge is a key part of their job and TechSummits provide the perfect forum for this.

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