Surge — A Scalability & Performance Conference, presented by OmniTI.

Surge 2011 Keynote & Speaker List

Discussing Scalability Matters...

...because scalability matters. Surge is a chance to identify emerging trends and meet the architects behind established technologies. Learn from their mistakes and see how their victories can power your business forward.

Andy Parsons Speaker

Andy Parsons Chief Technology Officer, Bookish

Andy Parsons is CTO at Bookish, a new publishing venture set to revolutionize the book industry. He has been a fixture on the New York City technology startup scene for many years, running engineering at companies like Juice Software, Digital Railroad, Shrty, and most recently, acquired by AOL. His software engineering passions are building scalable systems and small, happy teams, polyglot programming, and Natural Language Processing. He is a professional jazz saxophonist and lives in Brooklyn with his small, happy family.

Andy's Talks

Battle Scars: Scaling Big Startups in the Cloud

2:30 - 3:30 p.m., September 29th

Location: Corinthian Room


As CTO of a successful high-growth startup, and in my new stealth company, I've seen my share of challenging scenarios keeping a very busy PostgreSQL-based business online and responsive during tremendous growth. EC2 + PostgreSQL + PostGIS + + Scala + Ruby + no downtime. Others can probably learn from my battle scars!

Running multiple PostgreSQL, Ruby, Solr, and Scala instances on the EC2 cloud opens up many possibilities for scaling infrastructure, but also introduces a number challenges. From unpredictable disk i/o, to RAM constraints, vanishing instances and replication challenges, this talk aims to share real-world experiences and solutions with Postgres 8.* and 9.* and all of the technologies we used to build solutions.

It covers the topic via a series of anecdotes from tiny team of developers supporting one of the biggest sites in the world (; these stories range from humorous to horrifying, and there are valuable lessons for attendees running or contemplating a similar architecture with PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Solr, Ruby, and Scala.

We are announcing the 2011 line up of speakers and sessions starting on May 19th. One each day, in no particular order.

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