What are the top three IT conferences that are relevant to infrastructure operations?

There is likely to be debate here but we should be able to filter out several useful conferences where SF could be promoted.

One conference per answer is probably appropriate to enable voting.

Note: This question is specifically in response to Robert's recent blog posting A Recipe to Promote your Site.

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    Working for a shoe-string department with no training/conference budget (first over the side when the budget cuts arrived) means I don't know diddly about what the good conferences are.
    – sysadmin1138 Mod
    Commented Aug 24, 2010 at 21:33
  • I sympathize. I've been having to focus more on local events myself over the past couple years.
    – Warner
    Commented Aug 24, 2010 at 21:43
  • What part of the world are you asking about? I think you may have forgotten that this is a global web site. Commented Aug 25, 2010 at 4:53
  • If you have a conference in Australia to recommend that is of the appropriate level of significance within our profession, I am certain that it would be worth considering as well, John. People travel all over the world for notable events.
    – Warner
    Commented Aug 25, 2010 at 13:19
  • Yeah well, I'm not actually aware of such an event in Australia. At least not one I'd travel more than a 100Km to attend. Commented Aug 26, 2010 at 2:55
  • @John @Warner - maybe this is an oppertunity to start one? I wouldn't mind spending a weekend at Noosa ;) (Or perhaps somewhere more affordable, if we must). Commented Aug 27, 2010 at 2:20
  • @Farseeker, other than the Sage-AU conference (in Hobart this year) what else is there? Commented Aug 31, 2010 at 0:34
  • @John - no idea, when I started this job I was promised the oppertunity to go to conferences and courses to brush up on my skills but 5 years later the job interview was the only time it was mentioned ;) Commented Aug 31, 2010 at 1:58

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USENIX's Large Installation System Administration conference.


Ohio LinuxFest.

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