Past Meetup

Keeping it Real(time) & Bare metal boxes to Amazon ECS

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This is a free event, open to all. There will be some beers, tea, coffee, soft drinks, and food provided. We will have vegetarian food, if you have any other dietary requirements or questions please send us a message.


★ The talks

✩ Keeping it Real(time)
Mike Lehan

Modern web app interfaces can be dynamic with lots of data changing and flowing, but behind this there's often still a mass of AJAX requests & timers, making our work pseudo-live at best.

Web sockets allow us to create two way live data flow between server & client; WebRTC lets us allow our clients to connect to one another directly. We'll see how PHP fits into this front end ecosystem and how to augment our applications with real time components.

✩ From bare metal boxes to Amazon ECS, our journey to the cloud
Mark Taylor

My talk will tell the story of how DealTrak moved from over a decade of bare metal hosting to AWS with practically zero downtime, and the technologies we opted for. We now use Docker consistently across all our environments, and manage our infrastructure - including deployments and spinning up UAT instances via Ansible playbooks.


★ Timings

18:30 – Turn up, have a drink, a snack, and a chat (food, soft drinks, beer, coffee)
19:00 – From bare metal boxes to Amazon ECS, our journey to the cloud - Mark Taylor
19:30 – A little break
19:35 – Keeping it Real(time) - Mike Lehan
20:10ish – Pop over to the pub for a chat and a drink

★ Sponsors

Our sponsors make this monthly event possible, so please take the time to check them out, and thank them for their support.

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