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Tuesday
Sep182007

Sync data on all servers

I have a few apache servers ( arround 11 atm ) serving a small amount of data ( arround 44 gigs right now ). For some time I have been using rsync to keep all the content equal on all servers, but the amount of data has been growing, and rsync takes a few too much time to "compare" all data from source to destination, and create a lot of I/O. I have been taking a look at MogileFS, it seems a good and reliable option, but as the fuse module is not finished, we should have to rewrite all our apps, and its not an option atm. Any ideas? I just want a "real time, non resource-hungry" solution alternative for rsync. If I get more features on the way, then they are welcome :) Why I prefer to use a Distributed File System instead of using NAS + NFS? - I need 2 NAS, if I dont want a point of failure, and NAS hard is expensive. - Non-shared hardware, all server has their own local disks. - As files are replicated, I can save a lot of money, RAID is not a MUST. Thnx in advance for your help and sorry for my english :)

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Monday
Sep172007

Scalable CMS?

What do you guys think/know about the scalability of the popular CMSs (like Joomla, Drupal or Typo3)? Any experience/suggestions there? I'm not sure which to pick yet... Thanks, Stephan

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Monday
Sep172007

Blog: Adding Simplicity by Dan Pritchett

Dan has genuine insight into building software and large scale scalable systems in particular. You'll always learn something interesting reading his blog.

A Quick Hit of What's Inside

Inverting the Reliability Stack, In Support of Non-Stop Software, Chaotic Perspectives, Latency Exists, Cope!, A Real eBay Architect Analyzes Part 3, Avoiding Two Phase Commit, Redux

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Sunday
Sep162007

What software runs on this site?

It's pretty slick! olla

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Saturday
Sep152007

The Role of Memory within Web 2.0 Architectures and Deployments

Although I have a basic working knowledge of memory, SSDs and the like, I am not technical...I have never developed or deployed a system. I was exposed to ram-disks years ago, when their expense limited their use to very small files or DB applications. I am looking to "get current" on what role memory plays in curremt WEB 2.0 design and deployments. How is memory commonly used to remove latency and accelerate performance in typical Web 2.0 architectures? What role can memory play in massive scale-out implementations? Are there such a thing as memory "best practives"? If memory were cheap, would that significantly change the way systems are designed and deployed? What commercial and open source products that use memory are used, what are the benefits and trade-offs? Can anyone suggest what sources - people, books, papers, products - I might look into to gain a practical understanding of this topic?

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Thursday
Sep132007

Design Preparations for Scaling

Hi there, what do you think is crucial in the code designing of a scalable site? How does one prepare for webfarms and clusters (e.g. in PHP)? Thanks, Stephan

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Wednesday
Sep122007

Technology behind mediatemple grid service 

Anyone knows what's behind this service? http://www.mediatemple.net/webhosting/gs/ thanks!

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Monday
Sep102007

Blog: Scalable Web Architectures by Royans Tharakan

Royans' scalability blog and his main blog are excellent sources of scalability information. Take a look.

A Quick Hit of What's Inside

Sharding: Different from Partitioning and Federation ?, Adventures of scaling eins.de, Session, state and scalability

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Monday
Sep102007

Blog: Esoteric Curio by Theo Schlossnagle

Theo Schlossnagle is the author of Scalable Internet Architecture and the funder of OmniTI , a global leader in Internet technology services that power the World Wide Web and email. As you might imagine Theo frequently posts on interesting topics for the scalable website builder.

A Quick Hit of What's Inside

Partitioning vs. Federation vs. Sharding, PostgreSQL warm standby on ZFS crack, Scalability vs. Performance: it isn't a battle

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Monday
Sep102007

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