Infrastructure at Scale: Best Practices in Scaling Cloud Architectures Hands-on

Dear Dev+Ops,

we got the unique occasion to host Phil Jackson from Softlayer giving an hands-on workshop on SoftLayer API. It's open to both developers and operations people, with special interest in cloud architectures and scalable infrastructures. We found a new venue for the occasion (De Waag, Chirurgijnenzaal), but it has limited space so we have to limit the attendance to max 30 people; please be considerate and change your RSVP if you can't attend! It's in the city centre of Amsterdam, so your parking options are unfortunately limited to paid parking. Food and drinks kindly sponsored by IBM/SoftLayer!


Cloud scalability and performance should be at the heart of every successful internet venture. The infrastructure needs to be resilient, flexible, and fast—it’s best not to get caught thinking about architecture until the middle of an emergency, when it's too late. In this interactive, no-holds-barred session, Phil Jackson, Development Community Advocate at SoftLayer—dives into how to design and build-out the right cloud infrastructure. Hands on workshop format.

This lab is designed to introduce the developer to the capabilities of SoftLayer, its portal and API. Each developer is given a temporary account in SoftLayer, a simple PHP Drupal-based application, and a smartphone-accessible web page. The developer gets a hands-on experience with SoftLayer through their work on the deployment of the application, making small code changes in it, and performing end to end testing.

The web page will allow the developer to upload a video from their smartphone. The PHP application uses SoftLayer Message Queues to pass the video to the Transcoding service and prepare it for the SoftLayer Object Store where the converted video will be available for viewing.


1. A temporary account in SoftLayer (provided)
2. A laptop computer with an ssh and VNC clients
3. A smart phone
4. Basic familiarity with Linux and PHP

About Phil Jackson

Phil Jackson is Development Community Advocate for SoftLayer. He helps customers and partners integrate with the SoftLayer’s API. He also architects the company’s Drupal websites, writes API documentation, and maintains the developer blog. Formerly, he was a Sales Engineer building internal tools and providing technical consultation for potential and existing customers. Jackson started his career in webhosting at Ev1Servers where he led the training department. With a passion for technology that started at a young age, he has developed skills in a variety of scripting and programming languages and enjoys sharing his knowledge with the tech community.

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  • Eric

    Max and I are on the way. Eta 19:00. Lot of trafic.

    May 8, 2014

  • Peter S.

    cannot make it this time :-( too much unplanned stuff this week

    May 7, 2014

  • Mieke L.

    Hi Sean, I'm not going. Changed my reservation one minute ago. Enjoy!

    May 7, 2014

  • Sean B.

    Appears full. We have two from LayerThree who would very much like to attend this talk. If there are people who are not going, please change your RSVP. If there are people attending who are not Engineers/Developers, please change your RSVP! :-)

    1 · May 7, 2014

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