6 Ways Not to Scale that Will Make You Hip, Popular and Loved By VCs
Monday, April 18, 2011 at 8:49AM
Todd Hoff in MySQL, Strategy, funny

This is a hilarious presentation by Josh Berkus, called Scale Fail, given at O'Reilly MySQL CE 2011. Josh is entertaining, well spoken, and cleverly hides insight inside chaos. And he makes some dang good points along the way.

Josh has a problem, you see Josh has learned how to make sites that are both scalable and reliable. So he's puzzled why companies "whose downtime interfaces (Twitter) are more well known than their uptime interfaces" get all the attention, respect, and money for being failures. Just doing your job doesn't make you a hero.  You need these self-inflicted wounds in-order to have the war stories to share at conferences. They get the attention. Just doing your job is boring. This is so unfair in that way life can be. 

So if you want to turn the tables and take the low road to fame and fortune, here's Josh's program for learning how not to scale:

Josh says that after following this program you'll have learned how not to scale and become the big macho guy on stage.  

If you've worked as a programmer for any period of time this analysis strikes home. What we know about human nature is that to be a hero you must overcome great odds. If your code always works and never stops a release with a sev one bug, then paradoxically, you will not be an organizational hero. You will just be reliable Good Old Joe. The hero is the programmer who stayed up 7 days straight, mainlining red-bull, looking all bleary eyed, to get that last check-in just before the dead-line. All this to fix a problem they had in fact created from the start.

I may add that here at HighScalability.com we would love your story on how you keep your site up. Tell us your Hero story.

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