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Tuesday
Aug072007

What qps should we design for in making a MySpace like site?

We are currently building a high traffic portal like myspace. What is the qps that we have to keep in mind and develop the site so that it can be scalable as the traffic grows?

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Saturday
Aug042007

Product: Cacti

Cacti is a network statistics graphing tool designed as a frontend to RRDtool's data storage and graphing functionality. It is intended to be intuitive and easy to use, as well as robust and scalable. It is generally used to graph time-series data like CPU load and bandwidth use. The frontend is written in PHP; it can handle multiple users, each with their own graph sets, so it is sometimes used by web hosting providers (especially dedicated server, virtual private server, and colocation providers) to display bandwidth statistics for their customers. It can be used to configure the data collection itself, allowing certain setups to be monitored without any manual configuration of RRDtool.

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Saturday
Aug042007

Try Squid as a Reverse Proxy

This scalability strategy is brought to you by Erik Osterman: My recommendations for anyone dealing with explosive growth on a limited budget with lots of cachable content (e.g. content capable of returning valid expiration headers) is employ a reverse proxy as mentioned in this article. In the last week, we had a site get AP'd, triggering 100K unique visitors to a single IIS server in under 5 hours. It took out the IIS server. Placing a single squid infront of the server handled the entire onslaught with a max server load of 0.10 on a modest Intel IV 3Ghz. It's trivial to implement for anyone interested...

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Friday
Aug032007

Running Hadoop MapReduce on Amazon EC2 and Amazon S3

Excellent article on using Hadoop in Amazon's services environment to solve real problems for very little money. It's excellent because it shows how the stack works together and it actually seems like something a real human could do.

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Friday
Aug032007

Scaling IMAP and POP3

Just thought I'd drop a brief suggestion to anyone building a large mail system. Our solution for scaling mail pickup was to develop a sharded architecture whereby accounts are spread across a cluster of servers, each with imap/pop3 capability. Then we use a cluster of reverse proxies (Perdition) speaking to the backend imap/pop3 servers . The benefit of this approach is you can use simply use round-robin or HA loadbalancing on the perdition servers that end users connect to (e.g. admins can easily move accounts around on the backend storage servers without affecting end users). Perdition manages routing users to the appropriate backend servers and has MySQL support. What we also liked about this approach was that it had no dependency on a distributed or networked filesystem, so less chance of corruption or data consistency issues. When an individual server reaches capacity, we just off load users to a less used server. If any server goes offline, it only affects the fraction of users assigned to that server. Best, Erik Osterman

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Thursday
Aug022007

Product: Mashery

All APIs are different. At its core, an API provides direct access deep into a web service (lower case - a service that is provided on the web) and turns it into a Web Service (upper case) that people can use as a building block. What makes it an API is the infrastructure that sits in front of it, attracts developers to use it, secures it from misuse and provides the metrics and management needed to turn an internal web service into a Web Service managed through an effective distribution channel, and providing strategic and/or financial benefit. While each API is different, the infrastructure I have described is consistent across virtually all of them, so it is neither economical nor effective to reinvent the wheel for each API someone wants to release. It is similar to the concept of an adserver - all websites have different content and fucntionality, but the concept of selecting and serving an ad, tracking it, and targeting it is pretty consistent across sites; as a result, there are many sites that use a handful of adserver providers. In addition to allowing companies to focus on their core business without having to build peripheral, non-core services, using a third-party service who is focused on providing that service allows you to benefit from ongoing development and enhancement, and from features that would be prohibitively expensive to build for just a single provider. As for an example? check out sites such as developer.trulia.com or developer.compete.com, our first two customers (we have many more, but I like to give props to our early adopters). In addition to documentation and community, they have developer key issuance, instant self-service developer provisioning, usage and rate throttling, and tracking. What you don't see, but our clients enjoy, is a dashboard where they can assign different access levels, rates or limits to each developer on a key-by-key basis, customize error messages and other API parameters, and see detailed reports of API usage on a developer-by-developer or overall basis. Building all of that takes time and money; we offer it as an instantly-deployable on-demand service with no up-front investment, and our customers seem to find it an excellent value. Oren Michels, CEO Mashery

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Thursday
Aug022007

Multilanguage Website

Hi , someone can point me to some good resurce about how to bulid a multilanguage website ? the only resource i have found is this http://www.indiawebdevelopers.com/technology/multilanguage_support.asp thanks! p.s. great site ;)

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Wednesday
Aug012007

Product: MogileFS

MogileFS is an open source distributed filesystem. Its properties and features include: Application level, No single point of failure, Automatic file replication, Better than RAID, Flat Namespace, Shared-Nothing, No RAID required, Local filesystem agnostic.

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Wednesday
Aug012007

Product: Memcached

memcached is a high-performance, distributed memory object caching system, generic in nature, but intended for use in speeding up dynamic web applications by alleviating database load. Danga Interactive developed memcached to enhance the speed of LiveJournal.com, a site which was already doing 20 million+ dynamic page views per day for 1 million users with a bunch of webservers and a bunch of database servers. memcached dropped the database load to almost nothing, yielding faster page load times for users, better resource utilization, and faster access to the databases on a memcache miss.

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Tuesday
Jul312007

Book: Scalable Internet Architectures

As a developer, you are aware of the increasing concern amongst developers and site architects that websites be able to handle the vast number of visitors that flood the Internet on a daily basis. Scalable Internet Architecture addresses these concerns by teaching you both good and bad design methodologies for building new sites and how to scale existing websites to robust, high-availability websites. Primarily example-based, the book discusses major topics in web architectural design, presenting existing solutions and how they work. Technology budget tight? This book will work for you, too, as it introduces new and innovative concepts to solving traditionally expensive problems without a large technology budget. Using open source and proprietary examples, you will be engaged in best practice design methodologies for building new sites, as well as appropriately scaling both growing and shrinking sites. Website development help has arrived in the form of Scalable Internet Architecture.

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