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Interview: Ezra Zygmuntowicz on Engine Yard and Rails Deployment

| by Werner Schuster Follow 3 Followers on May 17, 2007. Estimated reading time: less than one minute |
We have a new, very interesting interview with Ezra Zygmuntowicz. Ezra is the author of the upcoming Pragmatic Programmer's book Rails Deployment and is now busy with his company Engine Yard, a Rails hosting service with a twist. It makes use of the virtualization technology Xen to allow for more flexibility and redundancy in Rails solutions. This makes it trivial to scale an application to the needs of the day. Ezra shows this with an example of how one of Engine Yard's customer's survived an onslaught from Techcrunch without breaking a sweat.

Hear (or read) Ezra go into details of the Engine Yard's Xen based cluster and his thoughts on many other topics, like scaling Rails, in Ezra Zygmuntowicz on Engine Yard and Rails Deployment.

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Redundant hardware vs slice by Alex Popescu

I am a bit confused about what is the real difference between the slice offering and the normal ISP offering. Ezra explained it in the video, but I fail to see what is difference between adding more slices vs adding more hardware (as both offerings are starting with 1 slice/1 piece of hardware, and by the time you need redundancy you are adding either 1 slice or a new piece of hardware).

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