Altitude NYC

April 17, 2018 at SECOND Floor

Come learn about the future of the edge, cloud networking, and security initiatives at Altitude NYC 2018.

  • Hear sessions from industry leaders like Artur Bergman, CEO of Fastly and Patrick McManus, co-chair of the IETF and director at Mozilla.
  • Hone your Fastly skills in real-world workshops led by Fastly engineers and customers.
  • Get ahead of future trends in edge compute, serverless, cloud networking, and more.
  • Meet your industry peers and trade war stories over cocktails in the middle of Manhattan.


Join us for a day of talks and keynotes.

10:00 AM Breakfast + registration
10:45 AM Opening remarksMain room
Artur Bergman
CEO & Founder, Fastly
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Fastly CEO Artur Bergman will open the day and discuss Fastly’s latest developments, along with a few surprises.

11:00 AM 132 websites, 1 service: your local news runs on FastlyMain room
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When Gannett moved to Fastly, they migrated over one hundred websites in the USA Today Network. The ability to self-service CDN configurations, securely store config files, and spread the responsibility of managing configurations fundamentally changed the way they deliver media and troubleshoot — in fact it changed the way they work. Additionally, a number of changes Gannett made as they migrated to Fastly have benefited their business and put developers in a better state. This keynote will touch on topics such as instant publish, HTTPS/HTTP2, paywall, and instant metrics to demonstrate the changes they've made, as well as look to the future and what’s ahead for their relationship with Fastly.

11:30 AM Harmonizing HTTP and internet scaleMain room
Patrick McManus
Principal Engineer, Mozilla & Co-Chair, IETF HTTPbis Working Group
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HTTP was easy in the beginning - DNS resolved a hostname, TCP connected you to the server, and then you sent a friendly GET to read some content until the connection closed and everything was settled. That remains the mental model and it worked very well except that every aspect of early HTTP fought against the way the Internet is really built. At times performance really struggled. The last 20 years have been a journey in harmonizing the HTTP model with the scale and security needs of the real Internet. We're now living in a world of binary multiplexed HTTP that may run without TCP or DNS at all. I will tell the story of how QUIC, Alternative Services, HTTP/2, Host Coalescing, Origin-Extension Routing, Secondary Certificates, and DNS over HTTP are forming the future of the world's most successful application layer protocol.

11:55 AM Don’t Let the weeds overtake the gardenMain room
Laine Campbell
SVP Engineering, Fastly
Marcus Barczak
Principal Engineer, Fastly
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A year ago, our technical debt was incurring compound interest and we weren’t going to be able to keep making the minimum payments. We had to take a hard look at how we built our infrastructure—we had a code base that had evolved over time, with no design patterns and little structure. Changes in one Chef cookbook would have cascading failures in seemingly unrelated places elsewhere. We had dependencies upon dependencies. We faced a critical decision: fix what we have in place or start over again using what we’d had before as a guide. We chose the latter.

And so, over the past 12 months, we rewrote the majority of our infrastructure code, upgraded the operating system, and rebuilt every single server in our public cache fleet from the ground up—without anyone noticing. Previously, it took Fastly about six people over six weeks to install a new POP. Now, it requires just one person and a single week. We attribute our ability to rapidly scale, both safely and reliably, to a new approach, which we'll discuss in this talk. We will relive the design and redeployment of our public cache fleet, the challenges faced, lessons learned, and benefits gained from our new architecture.

12:20 PM LunchLounge
1:30 PM Track 1: Observability workshopRoom 1, Third Floor
Peter Bourgon
SRE, Observability, Fastly
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This workshop is a hands-on deep-dive into the major pillars of observability. Peter Bourgon will explore the defining characteristics of metrics, tracing, and logging, and use that knowledge to instrument an example service, including interfacing with the Fastly stats and logging pipelines. Attendees will leave with specific, actionable intelligence on how to make their own systems more observable and easier to operate at scale.

Track 2: Programming the edge workshopRoom 2, Third Floor
Andrew Betts
Principal Developer Advocate, Fastly
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Through our support for running your own code on our edge servers, Fastly's network offers you a platform of unparalleled speed, reliability and efficiency to which you can delegate a surprising amount of logic that has traditionally been in the application layer. In this workshop, you'll implement a series of advanced edge solutions, and learn how to apply these patterns to your own applications to reduce your origin load, dramatically improve performance, and make your applications more secure.

2:45 PM BreakLounge
3:15 PM Making Pinterest fastMain room
Sarah Dapul-Weberman
Software Engineer, Pinterest
Michelle Vu
Software Engineer, Pinterest
View abstract serves millions of requests per day internationally across a myriad of network conditions and devices. This is the story of how the web performance team tackled the task of gathering data, applying a strategic roadmap across the organization, prevented performance regression slips as developers were shipping new features, and executed on the best opportunities to improve the Pinterest experience for their users and made performance a priority for the company.

3:35 PM Leveraging Log Streaming to Build the Best Dashboards, EverMain room
Eddie Roger
Principal Engineer, Target
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If knowing is half the battle, having the most information available is the best way to win. Using real-time log streaming and a knowledge of the data passing through the system, metrics can provide more depth and breadth in to the goings on requests as they pass through various parts of the stack. This session will cover the difference between logging and metrics, writing JSON and Influx Line Protocol in VCL, and building out dashboards to give deeper insights (and more importantly, alerting) on requests and responses at the edge.

4:00 PM Fast Fashion: Serving traffic for 60+ major brand websites globally by leveraging a single technology platform Main room
Crystal Hirschorn
Director of Engineering, Condé Nast International
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Condé Nast International owns a portfolio of influential brand websites such as Vogue, GQ, Wired, Vanity Fair and Glamour, operating in 11 global markets including Spain, France, UK, Germany, Italy, Russia, Mexico, India, China, Japan, and Taiwan. Millions of requests are served daily across our 62 international brand websites. An ambitious programme is underway to transform local market technology to leverage a unified, globally distributed platform that will serve all brand experiences on both websites and social platforms, as well as provide a centralised CMS for the creation of any content for these brands.

A fundamental goal of the new platform is to serve content as fast as possible. Condé Nast International has been a leader in the publishing business for 108 years and that doesn’t change in a digital world. Beautiful, impactful imagery is also at the heart of our brands. We will cover how we utilise Fastly to ensure the quick delivery of imagery,as well as how we maintain SEO during massive content migrations using VCL-configured redirects at the Edge.

Operating globally also comes with complex technological and legislative challenges. Our China and Russia markets necessitate using differing technologies, vendors, and strategies for storing and retrieving data. This led us to architect infrastructure as code that is repeatable, resilient, scalable and, most importantly, agnostic about representing underlying cloud provider services. This talk will cover aspects of our platform which utilize Docker, Kubernetes, AWS, Terraform, Vault, and VCL. We use Fastly services such as Instant Purging using surrogate keys, Shielding, TLS and WAF to allow us to deliver content quickly, accurately and securely.

4:20 PM 10 Terabits in 10 months; the rapid scale of Fastly’s global networkMain room
Tom Daly
VP of Infrastructure, Fastly
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In the period between March 2017 and January 2018, Fastly’s Infrastructure and Edge Cloud Operations added 10 Tbps of additional edge network capacity, bringing our total network edge to 20+ Tbps! On the heels of a massive North American upgrade, our teams set to work what we had learned in rapidly commissioning 7x new POPs in North America to the rest of the world. We’ll share snippets about our technical standards, the way we engage other global networks, and the internal processes we optimized to achieve this scale.

4:40 PM What’s next in edge computingMain room
Tyler McMullen
CTO, Fastly
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Fastly CTO Tyler McMullen will discuss the state of edge computing, what’s next, and where Fastly is going.

5:00 PM CocktailsLounge

Altitude NYC is now over.

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