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June 06 2012

A crazy awesome gaming infrastructure

In this Velocity Podcast, I had a conversation with Sarah Novotny (@sarahnovotny), CIO of Meteor Entertainment. This conversation centers mostly on building a high-performance gaming infrastructure and bridging the gap between IT and business. Sarah has some great insights into building an environment for human performance that goes along with your quest for more reliable, scalable, tolerant, and secure web properties.

Our conversation lasted 00:15:44 and if you want to pinpoint any particular topic, you can find the specific timing below. Sarah provides some of her background and experience as well as what she is currently doing at Meteor here. The full conversation is outlined below.


  • As a CIO, how do you bridge the gap between technology and business? 00:02:28

  • How do you educate corporate stakeholders about the importance of DevOps and the impact it can have on IT? 00:03:26

  • How does someone set up best practices in an organization? 00:05:24

  • Are there signals that DevOps is actually happening where development and operations are merging? 00:08:31

  • How do you measure performance and make large changes in an online game without disrupting players? 00:09:59

  • How do you prepare for scaling your crazy awesome infrastructure needed for game play? 00:12:28

  • Have you gathered metrics on public and private clouds and do you know which ones to scale to when needed? 00:14:03


In addition to her work at Meteor, Sarah is co-chair of OSCON 2012 (being held July 16-20 in Portland, Ore.). We hope to see you there. You can also read Sarah's blog for more insights into what she's up to.

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May 30 2012

Which is easier to tune, humans or machines?

In this new Velocity Podcast, I had a conversation with Kate Matsudaira (@katemats), Vice President of Engineering at Decide.com. This conversation centers mostly on the human side of engineering and performance. Kate has some great insights into building an environment for human performance that goes along with your quest for more performant, reliable, scalable, tolerant, secure web properties.

Our conversation lasted 00:20:00 and if you want to pinpoint any particular topic, you can find the specific timing below. Kate provides some of her background and experience as well as what she is currently doing at Decide.com here. The full conversation is outlined below.


  • Which is easier to tune for performance, humans or machines? 00:00:30

  • To achieve better performance from people, how do you teach people to trade-off the variables time, cost, quality and scope? 00:02:32

  • What do you look for when you hire engineers that will work on highly performant web properties? 00:05:06

  • In this talent-surplus economy, do you find it more difficult to hire engineers? 00:07:10

  • How do you demonstrate DevOps and Performance engineering value to an organization? 00:08:36

  • How does one go about monitoring everything and not slow down your web properties with monitoring everything? 00:12:56

  • Does continuous improvement help deliver performant properties? 00:15:14

If you would like to hear Kate speak on "Leveling up - Taking your operations and engineering role to the next level," she is presenting at the 2012 Velocity Conference in Santa Clara, Calif. on Wednesday 6/27/12 at 1:00 pm. We hope to see you there.


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May 09 2012

Theo Schlossnagle on DevOps as a career

In this new Velocity Podcast, I had a conversation with Theo Schlossnagle (@postwait), the founder and CEO of OmniTI. This conversation centers mostly on DevOps as a discipline and career. Theo, as always, has some interesting insights into DevOps and how to build a successful career in this industry.

Our conversation lasted 00:13:21. If you want to pinpoint any particular topic, you can find the specific timing below. I will apologize now: Theo's image froze a couple minutes into our conversation, but since it was our second attempt at this, and it is a conversation, I feel the content of his answers is what most of us what to hear, not whether or not he is smiling or gesturing.

  • Are we splitting hairs with our terms of WebOps, DevOps, WebDev, etc? 00:00:42
  • What are the important goals developers should have in mind when building Systems that Operate? 00:01:28
  • How do you define, spec and set best practices for your DevOps organization so that your whole team is working well? 00:02:38
  • What does a typical day look like in the DevOps world? 00:03:39
  • What are the key attributes and skills someone should have to become a skilled DevOps? 00:04:50
  • What is the hardest to master for a young DevOps, security, scalability, reliability or performance?00:06:22
  • Is DevOps more of a craft, discipline, methodology, way of thinking, what is it?00:07:35
  • If your DevOps is operating well, do you notice it and how do you measure it if all is well?00:08:47
  • What do you think the most significant thing a sharp DevOps person can contribute to an organization, and how do they know if they have achieved excellence? 00:10:16

If you would like to hear Theo speak on "It's All About Telemetry," he is presenting at the 2012 Velocity Conference in Santa Clara, Calif. on Tuesday 6/26/12 at 1:00pm. We hope to see you there.

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May 03 2012

Jason Grigsby and Lyza Danger Gardner on mobile web design

This Velocity podcast with Cloud Four founding members Jason Grigsby (@grigs) and Lyza Danger Gardner (@lyzadanger) centers on mobile web performance. It's a fitting topic since these two wrote "Head First Mobile Web." Jason and Lyza have interesting insights into building high-performance websites that are ready for mobile.

Our conversation lasted nearly 20 minutes, so if you want to pinpoint any particular topic use the specific timing links noted below. The full interview is embedded at the end of this post.

  • The difference between a website and a mobile website 00:00:50
  • What tools are available for determining your performance benchmarks for a mobile web site? 00:03:18
  • What considerations need to be taken into effect to truly build a site that performs like greased lightning? 00:05:02
  • Has Google improved its Android browser to catch up with the Chrome browser? 00:07:04
  • What are some of the most common mistakes or patterns that developers make when building a mobile web site? 00:08:08
  • What do the two terms "mobile-first responsive web design" and "progressive enhancement" mean? 00:12:36
  • How do you make progressive enhancements when one Android phone may have five different browsers? Do you have five forks of a code base? 00:13:30
  • How do developers pick up best practices for mobile web development? 00:15:38
  • The mobile platform keeps growing and bringing lots of change. 00:17:13

If you would like to hear Jason Grigsby speak on "Performance Implications of Responsive Web Design," he is presenting at the 2012 Velocity Conference in Santa Clara, Calif. on Tuesday, June 26 at 1 pm. We hope to see you there.

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