A Beginner's Guide to Scaling to 11 Million+ Users on Amazon's AWS
Monday, January 11, 2016 at 8:56AM
Todd Hoff in Example

How do you scale a system from one user to more than 11 million users? Joel Williams, Amazon Web Services Solutions Architect, gives an excellent talk on just that subject: AWS re:Invent 2015 Scaling Up to Your First 10 Million Users.

If you are an advanced AWS user this talk is not for you, but it’s a great way to get started if you are new to AWS, new to the cloud, or if you haven’t kept up with with constant stream of new features Amazon keeps pumping out.

As you might expect since this is a talk by Amazon that Amazon services are always front and center as the solution to any problem. Their platform play is impressive and instructive. It's obvious by how the pieces all fit together Amazon has done a great job of mapping out what users need and then making sure they have a product in that space. 

Some of the interesting takeaways:


The Basics


1 User


Vertical Scaling


Users > 10


Users > 100


Users > 1000


Users > 10,000s - 100,000s


Auto Scaling


Users > 500,000+




Decouple Infrastructure


Don’t Reinvent the Wheel


Users > 1,000,000+


Users > 10,000,000+


Users > 11 Million


In Review


Further Reading

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