Brian O’Connell is a Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM focusing on DevOps, continuously available cloud technologies and software defined environments. Brian leads the team responsible for the transition of high profile web sites such as The Masters, Wimbledon, Roland Garros (French Open), US Open Tennis, and the Australian Open to a hybrid cloud. He is recognized as a leading practitioner in multiple Software Engineering disciplines. His expertise includes architecting and developing scalable server applications, concurrency, continuous availability, and big data.

Brian has more than 300 patents, is an IBM Master Inventor, a member of the IBM Academy of Technology and a Franz Edelman laureate.

Avoid the Fail Whale - Design for Availability

From Reddit’s sad alien to Twitter’s fail whale, iconic failure pages have become part of our culture. Instead of spending your time designing the next sensational fail page, invest in never needing one. This session will teach the continuous availability patterns used to deliver the web sites for some of the world’s largest sporting events, such as Wimbledon, The French Open, The Australian Open, The US Open, and The Masters.
Sampling of topics to be covered:

  • Designing for a multi-active and multi-region cloud environment
  • Build disaster avoidance – not disaster recovery
  • Best practices for continuous operations