In 2014, two years after Instagram joined Facebook, Instagram's engineering team moved the company's infrastructure from Amazon Web Services (AWS) servers to Facebook's data centers. Facebook has multiple data centers across the United States and Europe but, until recently, Instagram used only U.S. data centers.
Everyone loves building shiny, new systems using the latest technologies and especially the most modern DevOps tools. But that's not the reality for lots of operations teams, especially those running larger systems with millions of users and old, complex infrastructure.
If I had to pick one thing that is the most readily apparent during my first year at USENIX, it is the high-caliber people who are involved with the organization.
From the staff to the Board of Directors, through the program committees, to our members and conference attendees, I have had overwhelmingly positive and thoughtful interactions with all those whom I’ve encountered.
A strong, committed community like this has valuable opinions to offer us, and so we have put together a survey to solicit those opinions.
The Program Committee for LISA18 has spent the past few months reaching out to potential speakers and reviewing their submissions to ultimately build a strong, diverse line-up of topics for the this year’s LISA program.
Throughout this process, we have noticed a few gaps, so we’ve put together the following wish list of topics we’d love to see covered.
USENIX's LISA conference is the premier event for topics in production system engineering. LISA is a vendor-neutral event known for technical depth and rigor, and continues to attract an audience of seasoned professionals. You'll find sysadmins from Wall Street banks sharing stories with SREs at tech giants, as well as experts from many other industries. LISA is where the latest challenges and solutions are discussed face to face, and in more detail than you can find online. It's where important connections are made with other industry professionals, and where they catch up year after year. LISA is a gathering of the pros.
A Statement by the LISA Steering Committee on behalf of the USENIX Association
Starting in 2018, LISA will run for three days, rather than six.
We heard you! You couldn’t get your boss to agree to let you go for six days, or stepping away from other responsibilities for that long was too hard. It was also a firehose of content, and trying to keep it all in your brain upon returning to work was a real challenge. Could we take LISA and make it into a reasonably sized conference that still had amazing talks and training? Yes, we could, and we have.