#RevCon13 – Revelation X & High Availability


Revelation Software 2013 Conference LogoOK, so we all know that OpenInsight has high availability inherently built in but it is interesting to bring the two initial session titles together in such a way.

With the opening addresses now done and dusted, the conference is getting down to the technical side of the proceedings and one of the main and many reasons why OpenInsight developers from all over the world have taken the time to be in Nashville this week.

Carl Pates (Sprezzatura) and Jared Bratu (Revelation) go head to head in this first breakout session. Carl will be talking about Revelation X (OpenInsight 10) and Jared will be taking on the topic of High Availability, Network Design for O4W websites.

Revelation X
Carl Pates (Sprezzatura)
Those of you following the “Building OpenInsight 10” blog will know that the next generation of OpenInsight is well on its way. During this first public presentation about this new and exciting version of our toolset, Carl will be demonstrating some of the new features and enhancements to the Presentation Server. Those people attending his talk will finally get to see that the enhancements shown on the blog are really REAL and not faked as vapourware in Photoshop!

During his talk Carl will touch on topics that will include: The New Graphics Engine, New Controls, New Tools, What’s changed (and why) and what is yet to come.

Attendees to Carl’s talk will be encouraged to offer suggestions for further enhancements for features that they would like to see in the toolset from version 10 onwards.

High Availability: Network Design for O4W Websites
Jared Bratu (Revelation Software)
Going up against Carl and such an exciting presentation as his on version 10 will be no mean feat. However, with more and more O4W based solutions going live and into the cloud, web, internet (whatever you wish to call it today), this is sure to be another popular breakout session with the attendees.

Taking on the form of a tutorial, Jared will educate his audience on the implementation of a high availability website cluster and frontend proxy server for O4W websites. Attendees will learn how to identify key items of the cluster configuration for integration with an existing site. Jaren will talk about the advantages and disadvantages of moving the OEngine server service off of the database server and scaling it onto multiple webservers. Attendees will leave this session with valuable PowerShell scripts that will enable attendees to deploy configurations across multiple servers.

Regardless of whether you need to scale your website or you just want to understand some options that are available for the future, attendees will find out how an Open Source front-end proxy server can add capacity without making any code changes. Attendees will also gain knowledge of Open Source tools that are available to help to test a site’s capacity and then to benchmark any changes made to the site.

If you have ever wondered how many users your site can support (a question that I am asked during just about every pre-sales O4W discussion), how it can scale to support more visitors, or you are looking for improved site reliability, then you will definitely benefit from this session and walk away with knowledge that is certain to get you started on the right path.

With a schedule like that, I can see many delegates hovering outside both doors pondering which session is the must see. For me, well I’d sit in on one with a stethoscope to the wall listening to the other – they are both just too good to miss.

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