London may be infamous for its rain and gloominess in November, but the sun shined for two rare days as hundreds of developers, engineers, software architects, programmers, and business professionals gathered for Redis Day London.
Held from 11–12 November at the Park Plaza London Riverbank Hotel, the second annual event brought together the Redis community for training, thought-leadership sessions, and networking. During day one, Kyle Davis and Loris Cro of Redis Labs hosted a series of training sessions for 115 delegates who were new to Redis or wanted to learn about the latest updates in the Redis world. Salvatore Sanfilippo, Redis Creator, and Yiftach Shoolman, Redis Labs CTO and Co-founder, kicked off the following day with two keynotes on the future of Redis, followed by presentations from community members and customers who shared how they have used Redis in their applications.
Both days were filled with engaging questions and lively discussions that spilled out into the pubs well after official programming ended. Redis Day London provided a special opportunity for people who had traveled near and far to meet others who have used Redis for their own problem-solving.
— Dave Nielsen (@davenielsen) November 16, 2019
Engaged discussion filled training day
In the morning, some delegates in the packed room flocked to the Redis Streaming Architecture session. Our Developer Advocate Loris Cro shared an overview of how to use the Streaming commands, and how to use them to develop high performance, resilient architectures. Others attended the Redis 101 session, led by Head of Developer Advocacy Kyle Davis, which quickly brought people up to speed on the basics of Redis.
The room came back together for two sessions, Redis Data Modeling & Patterns and Redis Clustering. In Redis Data Modeling, Kyle discussed multiple techniques and patterns to model data using module and built-in Redis data types. The clustering session, led by Redis Labs’ Technical Enablement Architect Elena Kolevska, was planned with a Q&A-style panel discussion built in.
The day wrapped up with Probabilistic Data Structures, RedisTimesSeries, and RediSearch sessions. Whether brand-new to Redis or an experienced user, these sessions provided an opportunity for people to ask questions and challenge their assumptions about data.
Redis for a dating website, an online fantasy game, and more
On day two, Redis Creator Salvatore Sanfilippo kicked off the day with a discussion on the forthcoming Redis 6.0, and Yiftach Shoolman, Redis Labs CTO and Co-founder, followed with a few product announcements: RedisInsight, automated cluster recovery for Redis Enterprise Kubernetes Operator, and the first official Redis Developer Certification program.
Customers shared creative and innovative ways they were able to use Redis in their businesses. Mugunthan Soundararajan, SVP of Technology at Matrimony.com, shared how using Redis Streams resulted in a 72% higher observed throughput compared to Apache Kafka for the matchmaking and marriage services site. Thomas Schedler, CEO and Head of Development at Sulu CMS, led a session on how the Symfony Messenger Component uses Redis Streams for event notification across bounded contexts.
Engineers from Play Games 24×7 shared how they translated the rules of cricket into a popular online fantasy game using Redis Clusters. At ZEIT, Head of Operations Marcos Lilljedahl and Principal Engineer Matheus Fernandes explained how Redis Streams has helped scale out their serverless hosting platform.
— Suze Shardlow (@SuzeShardlow) November 12, 2019
An 11th-hour miracle
The original Redis Day London venue, CodeNode, fell through only a week before the event. Luckily, the Redis Labs team was able to secure the beautiful Park Plaza London Riverbank, located along the River Thames, for a last-minute location swap. It was almost a parallel to the Redis Labs product: just like Redis Enterprise has been able to withstand problems and perform under pressure—like during the AWS eu-central-1 outage last week—the Redis Labs team was able to overcome adversity and still produce an insightful and fun conference.
A uniquely British event
Both evenings ended with lively and insightful conversations at The Black Dog and The Rose, two neighborhood pubs within walking distance of the venue. Redis Day London was a rare opportunity to connect and learn—to bring together Redis users from all corners of the world to share and discuss their applications of Redis.
Interested in attending a future Redis Day? Save the date for our future programming in Seattle, Bangalore, and San Francisco:
When: January 13–14, 2020
Where: Hyatt Regency, 808 Howell St, Seattle, WA 98101
When: January 21–22, 2020
Where: Taj Yeshwantpur, 2275, Tumkur Road, Yeshwantpur, Bengaluru, 560022
When: May 12–14, 2020
Where: SVN West, 10 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94103