the scalability and
performance conference


Our Call for Papers is open until April 19th, 2017.

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What is surge 2017?

Two days of mind blowing, practitioner-oriented sessions presented by some of the most established professionals in our field. Meet and network in the Omni Shoreham’s historical, intimate setting. Since 1930, the luxurious Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., has played host to presidents, world leaders, and inaugural balls; making it a true Washington D.C. landmark. We invite you to join us for the next epic Omni Shoreham event - Surge 2017.


Access the people and ideas that matter most to your company and career.

Thursday, September 21

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OmniTI has been helping people manage highly scalable internet systems going on two decades now, and one thing we know is that scalability isn't just about the number of servers you have or the number of transactions you process but instead it is a mindset and way of working that must be considered in all aspects of your organization. At Surge, we collaborate with the best and brightest in the industry to explore the various aspects of scalability, and we would love to have you join us.

What kind of talks do we look for at Surge?

We love talks about systems, architecture, and trade-offs that people make when designing their infrastructure. This includes aspects of configuration management, monitoring, distributed systems (whether in the cloud, on-prem, or a mix of both), fault-tolerance, resiliency, and deployment methodologies. Heterogenous technology stacks are real, common, and welcome.

Of course, if you only focus on the technology, your are missing a big piece of the puzzle. We also welcome talks on team structure, review techniques, post mortems, corporate re-organization, and establishing cross-organizational accountability. Our systems often pattern our communication processes, so no conference on systems is complete without addressing these needs.

Intimidated? Don't be. Everyone has interesting stories to tell, and at Surge, we care more about your honesty than your honors. Our favorite talks are those that recognize failure as a part of success. Truly valuable sessions present a problem and honestly walk the audience through the series of missteps that ultimately result in finding the right path. A story of success rising from the ashes of failure; the bigger the fire, the more people learn.

We want you to come and speak to a global audience on the challenges of scaling large Internet-facing architectures. Our speaker package includes free registration for the event, and travel and lodging assistance is available for those who need it. We are also happy to work with speakers to help them hone their presentations. Have a special need? Just ask and we'll see what we can do.

Remember, the CFP is open now, and the deadline for all proposals will be April 19, 2017.

We'd love to see you presenting at Surge! Want some inspiration? Here are the talks from Surge 2016.

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Surge 2017 will be hosted at the omni shoreham hotel

2500 Calvert Street NW

Washington, District of Columbia 20008

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Friendly Space Policy


OmniTI is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. Harassment may include but is not limited to offensive verbal comments, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, unwelcome following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately; conference staff will be happy to provide escorts or otherwise assist attendees to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We expect participants to follow these rules at all conference venues and conference-related social events. Conference staff can be identified by special badges.