Scaling PHP in the Cloud

July 9, 2011, Bangalore
(over! next event: JSFoo)

A one day conference on developing
and deploying PHP apps in the cloud

About the Event

PHP is today the world’s most popular open source web development language. It is used by millions of websites, most often via applications like WordPress and Drupal. Deploying a PHP website is straightforward and supported by nearly every web hosting provider.

There are limits to how much load a single web server can take though. For your website to scale, you will sooner or later need to a transition to a multi-server deployment, and this can be hard. It requires thinking about web development in entirely new ways.

The exciting new world of cloud computing promises to make all this much better. “Cloud computing” is an umbrella term for a range of tools and techniques that make scalability possible. Scaling PHP in the Cloud is a one day conference on what it takes to make the leap from single server to multi-server deployments, and of making sense of the new world beyond.


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Your Ride

Time Main Hall Room 1 Room 2
09:00 - 09:30 Registration and Sign-in
09:30 - 10:00 Introductions HasGeek Crew
10:00 - 10:45 Continuous Deployment at Flipkart Pankaj Kaushal, Flipkart
10:45 - 11:30 Using Amazon EC2 to Scale Your Web Application Ravi Pratap, MobStac Scaling Web Applications Using Memcache Sudar Muthu, Yahoo! Zend in the Cloud Dhaval Trivedi, Sourcebits
11:30 - 11:45 Break
11:45 - 12:30 How Flipkart scales PHP — Tips and Tricks Siddhartha Reddy, Flipkart Introduction to Membase Vinay Y S, Zynga How to Write Scalable PHP Applications on the Windows Azure Cloud Ramaprasanna C, Microsoft
12:30 - 01:30 Lunch
01:30 - 02:15 Failure is an Option Gopal Vijayaraghavan, Zynga Scaling Like a Pro with Gearman! Amal Raghav Secure Your Site Akash Mahajan
02:15 - 03:00 Commonsense Linux Sysad and Scaling of Webapps Madhavprasad Pai, Red Hat Apache Thrift: One Stop Solution for Cross Language Communication Piyush Goel, Capillary Building Your Own Virtual Cloud Environment Gautham Pai, Jnaapti
03:00 - 03:15 Break
03:15 - 04:00 PHP Frameworks Compared for Performance and Ease of Implementation Aditya Sengupta, StrApp Job Queue: Web is More than Request and Response Abhinav Lal, Practo Monitoring and Tracking the Health of Cloud Applications with Amazon CloudWatch Janakiram MSV, Amazon
04:00 - 04:45 How Yahoo! Oscars scaled to billion+ page views in a week Pradeep Banavara, Yahoo! Building Cloud Platforms with Eucalyptus Open Source Software Pavan Yara, Eucalyptus Deploying with Git and Fabric Nigel Babu, Capillary
04:45 - 05:30 Experiences at Kosmix with Cloud Computing Srinivasan Seshadri
05:30 - 06:00 Feedback Session
06:00 - 09:00 Venue Cleanup and Party for Volunteers

This is a tentative schedule based on the submitted session proposals. It may change slightly in the run-up the event — we may receive new proposals, some speakers may want to attend sessions running parallel to theirs, or they may suddenly remember they were supposed to be doing a major release the previous night and therefore no longer be available.

Who We Are, and Why We Do What We Do

HasGeek is a developer-led initiative, and has been un-organising the unconference scene since 2010. HasGeek is an attempt to solve the problem of insipid conferences organised around buzzwords by uninterested, soulless corporate entities who pitch them as company training events or as places for companies to pick up hot developers.

We are attempting to build a new space, a space that is genuinely respectful of the communities and topics that we choose to engage with. We want to be a space for developers who are as excited as us about technology and the possibilities that it creates, not to be a recruitment fair (though we hope you do find partnership possibilities at our events).

We are community-driven — check out our speaker-selection funnel, where you decide what talks to listen to by voting up or down — and small — there are just a handful of us running the show and only one of us gets a regular salary from this. We are doing this because this is what we love: bringing a whole bunch of us geeks together, sharing our interests and expertise and hanging out later over $beverageOfChoice.

Location, Location, Location

Scaling PHP in the Cloud is set in Dharmaram College’s beautiful, tree-filled campus (nothing like the back-to-college feeling). There’s a large main hall for the most voted-up talks, two additional rooms, and plenty of space to Hangout™ in meat-space. You’ll love the garden.

To get there, enter Christ University’s main entrance gate (the one on the right) and drive straight down to Dharmaram College, within the campus. Christ University is at Dairy Circle, half a kilometre from the Forum Mall.