Monthly Archives: September 2014

DOCCON1 – organising a conference

Betfair’s Tech team is pretty big and spread over 3 countries.  My role has involved setting up the DevOps community to bring guys together from this wider team.  Part of this effort led to Betfair’s first ever internal DevOps conference – DOCCON1.  This post will walk you through what it took to make this event work.


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The time has come, the DevOp said, to measure many things

… like OS load, and Java Beans, and packet counts and pings.

The Evolution of TSDB

Here at Betfair, we’ve been enthusiastic users of OpenTSDB for a couple of years now. We use it to gather and store metrics across the entirety of our production estate, and the graphing that it can produce is frequently the first place that our engineers turn when trying to diagnose a fault.


Of course, now that people have seen how useful it can be, they want more from it, and they want it faster. And so we’re developing one particular component of it in new and (hopefully) exciting directions.

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Haha, I got the first post!  Oh, hang on – there’s no one else here yet…

So, welcome to BetsAndBits – Betfair’s Engineering blog.  I hope over the coming years that this site will be full of interesting and usefully verbose comment on what the Tech teams at Betfair are getting up to and the exciting discoveries they are making.

Betfair is lucky in that the scale, speed and complexity of its engineering gives us lots of challenges – and hopefully plenty to share.  We are also actively pushing code to Open Source and engaging with the wider Tech community.  It’s no secret – we want to be at the forefront and this blog is one step in that direction.

So, please do come back and visit once in a while, and comment, and maybe try some of our code – why, if you are that interested why not come and work for us 😉