How Alibaba Catered To $3 Billion Sales In A Day

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Dec 26, 2012 3

Chinese Ecommerce Giant, Alibaba, recently managed to sell $3 billion worth of product in a single 24 hour period. InfoQ got a chance to ask a few questions to Zhuang Zhuoran and Youtan, architects from Tmall and Taobao, about the challenges of handling such loads and how they meet them.

Avoiding Downtime When Cloud Services Fail

by Abel Avram on  Jul 03, 2012

Another AWS outage hit several large websites and their services last week. What can be done to avoid downtime? Architect for failover not just for scale.

Hybrid SQL-NoSQL Databases Are Gaining Ground

by Abel Avram on  Feb 07, 2012 5

Hybrid SQL-NoSQL database solutions combine the advantage of being compatible with many SQL applications and providing the scalability of NoSQL ones. Xeround offers such a solution as a service in the cloud, including a free edition. Other solutions: with ODBC/JDBC drivers, NuoDB, Clustrix, and VoltDB.

VMware Releases SQLFire 1.0

by Kostis Kapelonis on  Jan 31, 2012 2

VMware releases SQLFire 1.0 a distributed SQL database geared towards high availability and horizontal scalability which offers table replication, table partitioning and parallel execution of queries.

JBoss Releases Hibernate 4.0

by Kostis Kapelonis on  Jan 18, 2012 2

JBoss Releases Hibernate 4.0 which comes with Multi-tenancy support, the introduction of a standard mechanism for writing Hibernate extensions, initial refactorings towards OSGI and several other cleanups.

X-Mas Showcase: High Scalability and Usability Rule

by Michael Stal on  Dec 24, 2011

Who ever has wondered what kind of software is used by Santa Claus & Co, got a hint recently in youtube. This might irritate some software engineers who have assumed, Santa Claus would only use Open Source Software.

Windows Azure Gets Node.js, SQL Azure Federation, Increased DB Limits

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Dec 14, 2011

Windows Azure team announced major updates including support for Node.js, better scalability for SQL Azure through Federation and higher individual DB Size limits (upto 150 GB), a limited preview for Hadoop and more.

NoSQL OODB with Smalltalk-based Ruby VM: MagLev 1.0 Released

by Werner Schuster on  Nov 15, 2011 5

The MagLev project has released version 1.0 of their Ruby VM. The Ruby implementation is based on the GemStone/S Smalltalk VM which comes with GemStone's distributed cache, ACID transactions, and persistence system (OODB). InfoQ caught up with Monty Williams of the MagLev project to talk about where MagLev fits on the NoSQL spectrum, and much more.

SQL Azure Database Scalability with Federations

by David Cooksey on  Jun 23, 2011

Cihan Biyikoglu introduced an upcoming feature for scalability in SQL Azure databases called Federations at Tech Ed 2011. Federations are objects inside the database which allow the data in their contained tables to be distributed across additional databases called federation members. Data can be re-distributed across Federation members at run-time.

Akka 1.1 Released, Brings Many Improvements to Futures and Performance, Reduces Dependencies,

by Werner Schuster on  May 12, 2011

Akka 1.1 was released with many improvements in performance, Futures and more. The basic Akka also has no dependencies except for Scala 2.9. InfoQ caught up with Jonas Bonér to talk about the current state and the future of Akka.

Scalable System Design Patterns

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Dec 01, 2010 1

Ricky Ho revisited his three year old post on that question and realized that a lot had changed since then.

Designing a Web Application with Scalability in Mind

by Abel Avram on  Aug 26, 2010 8

Max Indelicato, a Software Development Director and former Chief Software Architect, has written a post on how to design a web application for scalability. He suggests choosing the right deploying and storage solution, a scalable data storage and schema, and using abstraction layers.

Facebook on Hadoop, Hive, HBase, and A/B Testing

by Ron Bodkin on  Jul 14, 2010 1

The Hadoop Summit of 2010 included presentations from a number of large scale users of Hadoop and related technologies. Notably, Facebook presented a keynote and details information about their use of Hive for analytics. Mike Schroepfer, Facebook's VP of Engineering delivered a keynote describing the scale of their data processing with Hadoop.

7 Lessons Learned at Reddit

by Abel Avram on  May 18, 2010 1

Steve Huffman, co-founder of Reddit, shares the main lessons he learned scaling Reddit from a small web application to a large social website.

Terracotta and Eucalyptus Integration Provides Data Management and Elastic Provisioning in the Cloud

by Srini Penchikala on  Mar 10, 2010 1

Terracotta recently announced a partnership with open source private cloud platform vendor Eucalyptus that allows the companies to provision private clouds on Amazon AWS-compatible Eucalyptus cloud platform and take advantage of the elasticity and flexibility of the cloud.

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