Joe Williams discusses how distributed systems, cloud computing and automated configuration management affect system’s availability. He exemplifies with a database service built on CouchDB, Erlang, Chef, all running on EC2.
Joe Williams was a lead engineer at Linux managed hosting provider Contegix. Today, he attempts to automate everything while maintaining Cloudant’s infrastructure and deployment systems. He enjoys bridging the gap between operations and development as well as working with Ruby and functional languages such as Erlang. He is a contributor to Opscode Chef and a maintainer of merle.
The Erlang Factory is an event that focuses on Erlang - the computer language that was designed to support distributed, fault-tolerant, soft-realtime applications with requirements for high availability and high concurrency. The main part of the Factory is the conference - a two-day collection of focused subject tracks with an enormous opportunity to meet the best minds in Erlang and network with experts in all its uses and applications.