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iHeavy Newsletter 84 – Restaurant Scalability
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Restaurant Scalability

Could pro-waitering serve up some lessons on web scalability? Observing peak hour dining at a New York restaurant gave us some insight.

I was dining at a restaurant the other day with friends. It was a warm and cozy place, nicely decorated with a long, narrow dining room.  The food was scrumptious, yet we were getting increasingly frustrated by the service as the night went along.

With some waiting experience behind me, I could immediately …

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Open Source Enables the Cloud
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With the fast growth of virtualized data centers, and companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook, it's easy to forget how much is built on open-source components, aka commodity software.  In a very real way open-source has enabled the huge explosion of commodity hardware, the fast growth of the internet itself, and now the further acceleration through cloud services, cloud infrastructure, and virtualization of data centers.

Your typical internet stack and application now stands on the shoulders of tens of thousands of open source developers and projects.  Let's look at a few of them.

1. Operating System - Linux

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8 Questions to ask an AWS Expert
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If you're headhunting a cloud computing expert, specifically someone who knows Amazon Web Services (AWS) and EC2, you'll want to have a battery of questions to ask them to assess their knowledge.  As with any technical interview focus on concepts and big picture.  As the 37Signals folks like to say "hire for attitude, train for skill".  Absolutely!

1. Explain Elastic Block Storage?  What type of performance can you expect?  How do you back it up?  How do you improve performance?

EBS is a virtualized SAN or storage …

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Resilient Services – Resilient Infrastructure – Site Reliability Engineer
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Modern internet infrastructure are complex.  Components and services are prone to failure.  Resiliency involves building redundancy, best practices and processes into your architecture to make you able to bend and not break.

  • Migrating to cloud service providers
  • Rearchitecting and refactoring applications to scale
  • Scaling the database tier - MySQL and Oracle
  • Building redundancy into every layer
  • Deploying object caches - memcache
  • Deploying page caches - varnish
  • Migrating to Innodb - transactional storage engine
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5 Ways to Avoid EC2 Outages
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1. Backup outside of the Cloud

Some of the high profile companies affected by Amazon's April 2011 outage could have recovered had they kept a backup of their entire site outside of the cloud.  With any hosting provider, managed traditional data center or cloud provider, alternate backups are always a good idea.  A MySQL logical backup and/or incremental backup can be copied regularly offsite or to an …

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