CDMUG June 2012 Meet Up - Server and Performance Night

  • Jun 13, 2012 · 6:00 PM
  • Duo Consulting

June will be our last meetup with presentations until August since our July meetup is purely an outdoor gathering at a restaurant/bar. For this special occasion we decided to have round 2 of our "Server and Performance Day". Server nerds Matthew Lechleider and Andrew Kucharski are back along with new speaker Greg Palmier.  We lined up three presentations about exciting server technology in the Drupal world plus updated trivia questions!

Duo Consulting opens doors at 6:00pm for attendees to arrive, socialize, and hang out before meetups.  We try for presentations to officially start by 7:00pm. Comment your RSVP with full name and bring photo ID to gain authorized access to Duo's office downtown.


  • Trivia and VOIP-Drupal by Matthew Lechleider
  • Auto-scaling Sites using Chef on Amazon Cloud by Greg Palmier
  • Stress Tests with Loadstorm by Andrew Kucharski

Matthew Lechleider - is a product of the Nintendo Generation. He has spent 10 - 15 hours online every day since before the Internet was cool. He enjoys speaking at conferences, skateboarding, music festivals, Linux and Drupal. Organizing the Chicago Drupal Meet Up Group is one his favorite aspects of the Drupal community. Matthew provides high performance Drupal development and training services as

Greg Palmier - is an electrical engineer turned System Administrator with about 2 years experience.  I've been working with Drupal for the last 6 months and joined Promet to help improve automation and deployment to cloud platforms.  I've been approaching my work to best bridge the gap between developers and sysadmins by getting the tools they need more rapidly deployed and reduce pain points in the project life-cycle.

Andrew Kucharski is the CEO and founder of Promet Solutions has more than 15 years of technical and project management experience from startups to Fortune 50 firms with industry experience in banking, telecommunications, government, and association technology management. Mr. Kucharski's eCommerce experience dates to 1998 with the implementation of highly scalable enterprise solutions for telecommunications providers. Representative clients include Yahoo, MSN, Best Buy, Sony Ericson, Sprint, Bank of America, and Texas Instruments.

Estimated Agenda:
6:00 - Doors Open
6:30 - Meetup Starts, Arrival, and Socialize
7:00 - Presentation: Matthew Lechleider -
Trivia and VOIP
7:15 - Presentation: Greg Palmier - Auto-scaling Sites Using Chef
7:45 - Break with Questions and Answers

8:00 - Presentation: Andrew Kucharski - Stress Tests with Loadstorm
8:45 - Questions, Answers, Closing/Wrap Up
9:00 - Beer @Dick's Last Resort (315 N Dearborn St)

The Chicago Drupal Meet Up Group is proud to present at least two featured presentations about the hottest Drupal topics each month. We have room for 75 people and all skill levels are welcomed. If you're brand new to Drupal we recommend attending one of our free monthly training workshops.

Matthew Lechleider will be presenting....Trivia round 2 and VOIP-Drupal....starting off with a second round of exciting nerd trivia. Plus a quick demo of the power of VOIP-Drupal.

Greg Palmier will be presenting....Auto-scaling Sites using Chef on Amazon Cloud....walk through some work we did for OptionIT, a site which receives huge surges of traffic during playoff times and has a scalable infrastructure on the amazon cloud.

Andrew Kucharski will be presenting....Stress Tests with Loadstorm....a quick, cheap and easy way to slam your site with thousands of instances of amazon cloud generated traffic. We'll take a look at the results and how to analyze the numbers. We'll also review other tools and high level principals to improving performance on your site.

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All meetups will be in traditional CDMUG fashion. No dress code, relaxed attitudes, open ideas, laptop encouraged, remember business cards, and we will probably go for a beer afterward.

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  • Tzyy-Chyn H.

    It interesting to know how easy you could scale out whenever you need.

    June 14, 2012

  • John Z.

    Great to meet the Drupal community, hope to attend more of these.

    June 14, 2012

  • Patrick

    One of the best tech MeetUps in Chicago. And I've been to them all... trust me. Great time afterward at Dick's Last Resort right over the water. Speakers had good presentations and were very prepared.

    June 14, 2012

  • Kevin A.

    Another great set of speakers who really know their stuff and are happy to share it. Plus great questions from the audience, and excellent hospitality from Duo Consulting, as always.

    June 14, 2012

  • akucharski

    Love server night at CDMUG

    June 14, 2012

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