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Industry Luminaries Weigh into Scalability Debate

by James Cox on Jul 28, 2008 |

It is easy to underestimate the value that scaling and performance tuning experience holds. Both are problems "for later" or "when we're really popular". Early ventures never really want to spend the money right away and bigger companies can't often react quickly enough to implement the changes required. Throw in the need for a multi disciplinary team, and quickly it becomes a difficult problem with both political and engineering battles to solve.

But it's never out of the front of our minds - at the past few QCon conferences, the "Architectures You've Always Wondered About" track has been overwhelmed - and rightly so - we're keen to learn the tips and tricks about how the ‘big guys' do it.

As part of its virtual panel series, InfoQ has brought together scalability and performance architects from some of the biggest and most visible projects around, to let us into their secrets for achieving results the rest of us would just dream of.

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When scalability is planned ? by Seydou Zakou

Hi every one,
I'll be involved in a project which is proud to be scalable (650000 users first 6 month!), but i've no idea when the scalability of an application is planned. At the design time or during the deployment phase? I think that our application is not designed to be scalable (1 server for the http server(apache+php) and database server(mysql) at development and test stage, may be 8 servers at deployment phase is planned!). We have no experience of scalability, i read lot of articles and i've problem to figure out when application scalability is planned. I just want to know if an application (web) planned to be deployed on multiple servers have to be designed accordingly ? (Excuses for my english). Thanks.

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