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Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2007 00:40:28 -0500 (EST)
From: Unigroup_of_NY
Subject: Reminder: UNIGROUP Meeting 18-JAN-2007 (Thu): Site Reliability at Google

Reminder, Unigroup is THIS Thursday...

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When: THURSDAY, January 18th, 2007 (3rd Thursday)

Where: Alliance for Downtown NY Conference Facility
Downtown Center
104 Washington Street
South West Corner of Wall Street Area
Downtown, New York City
** Please RSVP (not mandatory) **

Time: 6:15 PM - 6:25 PM Registration
6:25 PM - 6:45 PM Ask the Wizard, Questions,
Answers and Current Events
6:45 PM - 7:00 PM Unigroup Business and Announcements
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Main Presentation

Topic: Site Reliability at Google

Speaker: Tom Limoncelli,


Unigroup is pleased welcome back Tom Limoncelli for our first
meeting of 2007. Tom will be presenting his LISA'06 talk about
his experiences working on Google's computing environment.
This is the first time Tom is giving this talk in New York.

Unigroup Board of Director Elections will also take place at
our January meeting. All interested Unigroup members interested
in joining the board should contact us immediately.



To REGISTER for this event, please RSVP by using the Unigroup
Registration Page:

This will allow us to automate the registration process.
(Registration will also add you to our mailing list.)
Please avoid emailed RSVPs.

Please continue to check the Unigroup web site and meeting page,
for any last minute updates concerning this meeting. If you
registered for this meeting, please check your email for any last
minute announcements as the meeting approaches. Also make sure
any anti-spam white-lists are updated to _ALLOW_ Unigroup traffic!
If you block Unigroup Emails, your address will be dropped from our
mailing list.

Please try to RSVP as soon as possible.

Note: RSVP is not mandatory for this location, but it does help
us to properly plan the meeting (food, drinks, handouts,
seating, etc.).



Tom will speak about what it's like to be on the team that
runs www.google.com's services and explore some of the
technologies that enable Google's Web services to maintain
their high uptime. Google's "service oriented network" (SON)
enables the creation of new products that are scalable and
maintainable. Tom will give a SysAdmin's view of Google
technologies such as GFS, MapReduce, Sawmill, and more.
He will also describe how to make a policy that is "Googley."

Web Resources:

Tom's first book "The Practice of System and Network
Administration", and his blog:

Google and Google Papers:


Speaker Biography:

Tom is the author of O'Reilly's Time Management for System
Administrators and co-author of The Practice of System and
Network Administration from Addison-Wesley. He joined Google
in January 2006. A sysadmin and network wonk since 1987, he has
worked at Cibernet, Dean for America, Lumeta, Bell Labs/Lucent,
Mentor Graphics, and Drew University. He is a frequent
presenter at LISA conferences and joint recipient of USENIX
and SAGE's 2005 Outstanding Achievement Award.



O'Reilly has been kind enough to provide us with some of their
books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our

Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR has been kind
enough to provide us with some of their books, which we will
continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings.

Unigroup would like to thank both companies for the support
provided by their User Group programs.

Note: The chances tend to be about 1 in 5, that any attendee of
our meeting will walk away with a fairly valuable giveaway
(ie. most books are valued between $30 and $60)!

We also expect to have "Google Stuff" to raffle off as well!


Fee Schedule:
Yearly Membership (includes all meetings): $ 50.00
Non-Member Single Meeting: $ 20.00
Student Yearly Membership: $ 20.00
Non-Member Student Single Meeting (with ID): $ 5.00
Payment Methods: Cash, Check, American Express.


Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served. This includes
"wraps" such as turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna and grilled
vegetables as well as assorted salads (potato, tossed,
pasta, etc), cookies, bottled water and assorted beverages.



Alliance for Downtown NY Conference Facility
Downtown Center
104 Washington Street
Wall Street Area
Downtown, New York City

This building is located on the West side of the street, the
second building north of Rector Street. Cross Streets:
Between Rector (South) and Carlisle (North) Streets.

Our meeting location is in the Lower West Corner of Downtown,
North of the Battery Tunnel, South of the Downtown Hotel,
East of West Street, and West of Greenwich Street. Walking West
on Rector Street from Broadway, you pass Church, Greenwich then
Washington Streets.

There are multiple blocks of parking lots right there, between
Washington and Greenwich Streets, starting at the Battery Tunnel
and extending North for a number of blocks.

Nearest mass transit stations, in order, are the '1/9' (Rector
Street), 'R/W' (Rector Street) and the '4/5' (Wall Street).


Please mark this meeting on your calendar and join us!
Please tell your friends about Unigroup!



We have a series of meetings in the works:

- Asterix / VoIP
- NO SPAM! (know any speakers on SPF and DNSrbl?)
- LAMP Part 2 - PHP
- Field Trip to HP - Invited
- Are there too many Linux Distributions?
- Unix 35th Birthday Celebration (Sun has offered to host this!)
- IPsec and IPv6
- Samba
- Unix Clusters and Clustered Databases
- Linux Clustering Part 3: Beowulf version 2
- Building a Firewall using FreeBSD and Linux
- High Performance Internet Servers / Web Acceleration
- Unix Office Tools: Word Processors, Spreadsheets, Accounting Packages.
- GNU Development Environments
- iSCSI, Serial ATA, and other new peripheral technologies

Please let us know about any other meeting topics that you may be
interested in. Potential speakers on Unix related technology topics
should contact the Unigroup Board.



Oct 2006: Steven M. Bellovin on Internet Security:
TCP/IP Security Retrospective

Nov 2006: Sun Microsystems on Solaris 10

** Formal Thank You's to our previous speakers will appear
in an upcoming announcement.



Unigroup is one of the oldest and largest Unix User's Groups serving
the Greater New York City Regional Area since the early 1980s. Unigroup
is a not-for-profit, vendor-neutral and member funded volunteer
organization. Unigroup holds regular and special event meetings
throughout the year on technical topics relating to Unix and the Unix
User Community. Unigroup is/was also the Greater NYC Regional Area
Affiliate of UniForum - an International Unix Users Group.

Unigroup holds regular meetings planned for (at a minimum) the Third
THURSDAY of Odd Months. We generally try to hold Field Trip or
Vendor Specific Meetings on the Even Months, although we do have the
ability to hold monthly meetings at our new downtown meeting location.

Planned regular meeting dates are: 1/18/2007, 3/15/2007, 5/17/2007...
Watch for our Special Event meetings at the various trade shows in NYC
as well as "Field Trips" to the facilities of local hardware and
software vendors.

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I hope to see you all at our next meeting!

-Rob Weiner
Unigroup Executive Director
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