Sheffield Devops meets ShefTest - October 2017 Meetup

The next Sheffield Devops Meetup is a special edition as we join forces with our friends at ShefTest. It takes place on Thursday 12th October and is generously sponsored and hosted by Zoo Digital, with pizza provided on arrival.

NOTE: We have tickets available both here and on ShefTest’s Meetup page. You only need to sign up to one or the other!

Again an earlier start this month - 6pm food, 6:30pm first talk…

About the Speakers

The first talk will be by Bernard Jauregui:

“How I learned to stop worrying and love the Cloud”

Cloud is great for running test automation and NFT, but it also hides pitfalls and weird side effects.

This talk is about Bernard’s time as a test lead, using AWS and Azure, for large scale performance testing. It covers five areas of concern and confusion, that most testers will encounter. He describes the challenges faced and how to overcome them.

Attendees will learn how to avoid common mistakes and build better test environments.

Here are five things not to worry about:

  1. Where to start
  2. Runaway costs
  3. Stepping on toes
  4. Weird outcomes
  5. Effective tear-down

The second talk will be by Claire Johnstone & Phil Garner:

“Performance Testing on Production… why the hell not?”

At Sky Betting and Gaming we have many 24/7 products with 1.7 million active customers, and sometimes all happen to be playing at the same time. This means we have to cope with traffic loads of:

We have over 1,300 production servers across a private and AWS estate with a minimum of 6.8 THz of compute available at any one time for our customers to hammer.

Come and find out why and how we test our systems to cope with these traffic loads over the last 2 years, taking our platform from coping with 400 logins per second to the current 1.4k logins per second all the way to our next target of 2k logins per second. We will tell you how we do it and more importantly all the mistakes we have made along the way (well only some of them - we are not the only talk of the evening!).


ZOO Digital Group PLC

Floor 7, City Gate, 8 St Mary’s Gate, Sheffield S1 4LW
0114 241 3700


CMS (formally Nabarro LLP)

CMS is proud to be a long term sponsor of Sheffield Devops. CMS is an international law firm with a specific sector focus on the technology and digital sectors. Ben Hendry, a partner in CMS’s Sheffield office said “We are passionate about supporting the growth of the Sheffield City Region. Like the Sheffield DevOps team, we want Sheffield to be the UKs next big technology hub, attracting the best tech businesses and talent from across the UK and beyond, and encouraging innovation. Supporting organisations like Sheffield DevOps is a vital part of this strategy and we are very much looking forward to working with both in order to achieve our common goal.” For more information on CMS’s technology focus click here:

More Info

If you’d like to find out more about Sheffield Devops then head to or talk to us on twitter @sheffieldDevops.Look forward to seeing you there!