Track: Architectures You've Always Wondered about


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There is a subtle beauty to an architecture done right. It’s the perfect combination of performance, fault-tolerance, and function that not only meets a business need, but delivers a delightful experience to stakeholders. It’s no accident that our most well respected shops also have some of the most amazing architectures.

In Architectures You’ve Always Wondered About, we are going to dive into how some of the Internet’s most respected brands deal with their greatest challenges. This is the track of whose who in brilliant architectures!

Track Host:
Wes Reisz
QCon Chair && Community Advocate
Wesley Reisz is the QCon Chair && Community Advocate for London, San Francisco, and New York. Before joining C4Media, Wes spent 14 years with HP and was an Enterprise Systems Design Lead for HP Enterprise Systems. As an HP Solution Architect, Wes’ primary roles supported the US Army’s Human Resources Command (HRC), Army Recruiting Command, and Army Cadet Support Program based at Fort Knox, Kentucky. At HRC, Wes was known for championing, building, and deploying open source portals for the US Army and helping Army recruiting prototype mobile applications. Additionally, Wes is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Louisville where he teaches a variety of 400-level courses including Web Architecture and Mobile Application Development.
10:35am - 11:25am

by Stephen Godwin
Senior Technical Architect @BBC

In 2012 the system that got video into iPlayer was a monolith. In the nine months between Jan 2013 and Sept 2013 we replaced it with a new system we called Video Factory. It uses a microservices architecture and runs in AWS.

Video Factory has allowed us to more than double the amount of video available in iPlayer, extend availability from 7 days to 30 days and increase the amount of HD content by more than 700%. It also allows us to scale for sudden spikes in video going into iPlayer...

11:50am - 12:40pm

by Josh Evans
Director of Operations Engineering @Netflix

On December 24th, 2012 ASW US-EAST1 experienced a region-wide failure that took down the Netflix service for almost 24 hours. Knowing that failure is inevitable in any complex system we evolved our cloud-based, micro-service architecture to support multi-region traffic management and failover capabilities. With that foundation in place we drove initiatives to achieve service ubiquity and rapid global expansion. The overarching theme is #NetflixEverywhere - an amazing, global, highly...

1:40pm - 2:30pm

by Charles Lamanna
‎Principal Group Engineering Manager @Microsoft

All of Microsoft Azure’s management API requests pass through a single “frontdoor” service that handles routing and common functionality. The frontdoor service proxies requests to over 50 different Microsoft products (SQL, Virtual Machines, Dynamics, Active Directory, etc.) and is a mainline dependency for all service provisioning and management. As a result, downtime must be avoided at any cost and the APIs needs point of presence throughout the globe. Previously, this service was deployed...

2:55pm - 3:45pm

by Brennan Saeta
Software Architect, Information Security Officer @‎Coursera

While most business logic can run in response to web requests, some computations require more than 200ms to complete. Although developers have a cornucopia of web frameworks to choose from, relatively little investment has been made in general purpose systems for delayed execution.

Coursera’s general purpose nearline execution framework—Iguazú—has seen broad utility across many aspects of our global learning platform. Built upon containers and optimized for developer productivity, we...

4:10pm - 5:00pm

by Micah Lemonik
MasterMind Behind Google Docs & Engineering lead in the Google Apps group

Micah Lemonik of Google NYC will discuss the challenges of building behaviorally complex products and realtime state management systems at a global scale.

Learn about the architectural history of Google Docs and how we build the worlds largest real time collaboration platform and how we make that platform available to developers.

Some of the things covered:

  • Making realtime collaboration on any document type work
  • Making a word processor and spreadsheet in a...
5:25pm - 6:15pm

by Richard Kasperowski
Author of The Core Protocols: A Guide to Greatness

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