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Highlights from Velocity 2010

Last week the city of Santa Clara was invaded by a group from Dyn for the Velocity 2010 conference. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Velocity, it’s a big Operations and Web Performance geek out. Coming from someone at Dyn, that’s a big compliment.

Perhaps it’s because I’m writing this at 3am, thanks to daddy’s little girl (Vote for her!) but Velocity seemed a lot like the TV show, Cheers. Part of that must be the DynTini we had. Take the most well-known part of the Cheers theme song:

Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came.

Anytime I’m sporting one of our famous “DNS is Sexy” t-shirts (not appropriate for date nights, by the way) I always get the question “What is DNS?” and I’ve answered it so many times it almost sounds like a pitch. I can’t recall a single person at Velocity asking that question. They know who we are and what we do. Most importantly, though, they understand why it’s important! I suppose that explains why we ran out of t-shirts rather quickly.

You wanna be where you can see, our troubles are all the same. You wanna be where everybody knows your name.

What troubles are the same? This is a conference for Operations folks, so they’re talking speed, redundancy, and efficiency. They’re looking for any way to shave a few milliseconds off here. They want to have a solid backup plan in case one of their many servers bites the dust over there.

When you have people like that talking to you about DNS and what it can do, it’s pretty awesome. I could skip the explanation of DNS and why it’s important and jump into the advanced features we have on our DynECT Platform. However, the most enjoyable piece for me was having these same people explain to me exactly how they’d use each feature. They basically told me 57 different ways DNS could be sexy.

I could go on about all the great conversations I overheard with people way smarter than myself. Or I could go on about the cajun steaks and Landon Donovan causing the Hyatt to erupt in applause. However, you’d probably rather just watch the highlight reel and see more about Velocity instead. Includes a pretty sweet song by Joey Ryan, titled California.

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