Capacity Planning

Some Things We Did Today

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Moving one of our eight photoserving farms from hardware Layer7 URL hash balancing (expensive, has limits) to L4 DSR balancing with CARP (cheap and simple) and figuring out how to juggle 18,000 requests/second while we do it. Built yet some more automated query analysis reporting (with some yummy MySQLProxy) Added yet another aggregated graph of […]

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Speaking at Web2.0 Expo 2009

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Looks like I’m gonna talk about even more nerdy things at the Web2.0 Expo in April. You don’t have to wait for a recession to tighten up your operations. Squeezing more oomph out of your servers (or instances!) is always a good thing, and streamlining how you handle site issues is too. We’ll will talk […]

Books

I wrote a book about common sense.

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Whew. That took longer than I thought. Todd Hoff over at the High Scalability blog has an email interview with me about a book that I wrote, called “The Art of Capacity Planning: Scaling Web Resources“.  I’m still just happy that I got it done at all, seeing how it was due the same week […]

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More back-of-envelope-math…

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Via kottke: some good examples of doing rough math in your head, causing you to guess about assumptions all along the way. IMHO, being able to do this is one of the things that makes a good web ops person. The examples might be “useless”, but the process is invaluable.

Books

Four chapters of the new book on RoughCuts…

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So now there’s chapters 1-4 on Safari RoughCuts. Which means if you don’t mind shelling out the dough, you can take a look at what I’ve been getting up early for every day for the past few months. The working title is “The Art of Capacity Planning” and it’s meant to be a no-nonsense description […]

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Too big to use utility computing ?

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Dear users of S3, EC2, and other ‘utility’ computing stuffs: Here’s a crude and completely oversimplified evolution of infrastructure needs of a growing website, with an assumption: Have you ‘outgrown’ your original use of utility computing, for whatever reason ? If so, what was the reason? Financial? Technical? Why I’m asking: I’m in the process […]

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Datacenter Operating Systems

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I’m probably late in getting to this, but seeing the article in the WSJ about the RAD project made me stop to take a look. It appears to be a collection of different projects, all relating to infrastructure deployment/management and various research topics surrounding it. Looks cool so far.

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Loving Dashboard Spy.

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I’m probably very late to this party, but I just discovered Dashboard Spy. Given the amount of “data porn” that folks in webops look at on a daily basis, this sort of stuff is pretty damn interesting. I’m especially loving the current trend of developing ‘business’ dashboards, since it can fit in quite nicely with […]