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Failure Happens: What Broke Since Last Year (and What We Learned from It)

Jesse Robbins (OnBeep, Inc.), Artur Bergman (Wikia/Fastly)
Focus on Web Operations
Location: 2009

An entertaining/informative/eye-opening review of the year’s biggest failures, disasters, and painful lessons learned. Presented by Jesse Robbins and Artur Bergman of O’Reilly Radar.

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Jesse Robbins

OnBeep, Inc.

Jesse Robbins is passionate about Operations, Distributed Systems, Fault-Tolerance, and Resilient Design. He currently advises startups and writes for O’Reilly Radar. He previously worked at Amazon.com where his title was “Master of Disaster” and where he was responsible for Website Availability. Jesse is a volunteer Firefighter/EMT and Emergency Manager, and led a task force deployed in Operation Hurricane Katrina.

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Artur Bergman

Wikia/Fastly

Artur Bergman, hacker and technologist at-large, is the VP of Engineering and Operations at Wikia. He provides the technical backbone necessary for Wikia’s mission to compile and index the world’s knowledge. He is also an enthusiastic apologist for federated identity and a board member of the OpenID Foundation. In past lives, he’s built high volume financial trading systems, re-implemented Perl 5’s threading system, wrote djabberd, managed LiveJournal’s engineering team, and served as operations architect at Six Apart. His current interests extend to encompass semantic search, large scale infrastructure, open source development, federated instant messaging, neurotransmitters, and the future of cyborgs.