Past Meetup

Should I use the Cloud?

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Datadog HQ

286 5th Ave, 12th Floor · New York, NY

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Enter front door, elevator up to 12th, climb 1 flight of stairs to penthouse

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Considering that there are more than a few options when it comes to deploying infrastructure, how should I choose?

We have a couple of speakers that have experienced multiple facets of this process, and they will come and tell us about some of their experiences.

Our space is somewhat small, hence the waiting list, so please be considerate of others wanting to come if you can't make it.

If you're on the list, don't despair! Some may drop out, and if we can fit more in, we'll open up more spots.

We're also going to try and live stream the event - we did last time, and it worked out pretty well. Here's the link ( when we're live - we should start the stream at about 7:30pm EDT.


Today there are all kinds of environments for one to deploy a system on top of: PaaS, IaaS, VPS, Managed, Dedicated, CoLo, and more. Each of these environments offer their own set of benefits and drawbacks.
In this talk we'll cover:

• Quick overview of what these options are

• How they may be better suited for different systems and organizations

• Some real world examples of how we decide where to host our systems at bitly.

Sean is the Lead Application Engineer at bitly ( As part of that role Sean manages a team of engineers and helps build various systems that turn 6 billion clicks per month into useful and actionable information for our users.


Bazaarvoice ( serves billions of requests to hundreds of millions of unique users per month, on some of the world's largest websites. Over the past year and a half, they have been migrating their stack from a co-located/hybrid architecture to 100% AWS. The talk will focus on about how this was done, as well as the challenges & advantages of the migration.

Victor Trac is the Cloud Architect at Bazaarvoice, where he spends his days wrestling with AWS quirks and harassing Amazon to increase his API rate limits.


Both speakers will have ~30 minutes of talk time, ending with ~10 minutes of Q&A

Pizza & beer is generously sponsored by Datadog (