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  • Picking an Active-Active Geo Distribution Strategy: Comparing Merge Replication and CRDT

    Modern distributed applications are fuelling the growing demand for distributed active-active, multi-master databases. While most popular databases support multi-master deployment, different databases employ different techniques. LWW, MVCC, merge replication and CRDTs deliver eventual consistency, offering read and write access with local latency and remaining available during network partitions.

  • Microservices and the Economics of Small Things

    In this article Mark Burgess explores the process of "decentralizing intent" and the effect it has on the predictability of our systems including what we can know as we scale systems.

  • A Comparison between Rust and Erlang

    This article will focus on a comparison between Erlang and Rust, detailing their similarities and differences. It may be interesting to both Erlang developers looking into Rust and Rust developers looking into Erlang. A final section will detail more about each of the language capabilities and shortcomings and argue for the possibility of leveraging both languages' strengths in the same project.

  • Five Lessons Security Can Learn from DevOps

    Just as DevOps emerged to meet new business needs, new approaches in security are now needed to address the challenges of a DevOps-driven world. These new security approaches themselves must incorporate DevOps practices that rely on modularity, automation, standardization, auditability, and mirrored systems.

  • Book Review and Q&A - The Art of Scalability

    The Art of Scalability is a book on scaling organisations to adapt to web scale growth of their products and services. As well as having technical and architectural implications, scale needs to be dealt with on the organizational level. The goal is to show the reader how to organize technology, people and processes to result in a virtuous circle, a path of continuous improvement to scalability.

  • Storm Applied Review and Q&A with the Authors

    Storm is a distributed, fault-tolerant, real-time computation system that was originally developed at BackType and later open sourced by Twitter. Storm Applied is a new book from Manning that aims to provide a practical guide on using Storm, both in a development and in a production setting. InfoQ has spoken with two of the book’s authors, Sean T. Allen and Matthew Jankowski.

  • Jonas Bonér on Reactive Systems Anti-Patterns

    Taking the opportunity offered by the update to the Reactive Manifesto, InfoQ asked Jonas Bonér, TypeSafe CTO and original author of the first Reactive Manifesto, some questions about his vision of “Reactive” applications. Jonas offered his thoughts about both desirable features of reactive applications and what is not reactive programming.

  • Shift Left Performance Testing - a Different Approach

    This article will explain a different approach to traditional Multi User Performance testing; using the same tools but combine them with modern data visualisation techniques to gain early insight into location specific performance and application areas that may have "sleeping" performance issues.

  • Reliable Auto-Scaling using Feedback Control

    Philipp K. Janert explains how to reliably auto-scale systems using a reactive approach based on feedback control which provides a more accurate solution than deterministic or rule-based ones.

  • Interview: Adrian Cockcroft on High Availability, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned in the Cloud

    Netflix is a widely referenced case study for how to effectively operate a cloud application at scale. While their hyper-resilient approach may not be necessary at most organizations, Netflix has advanced the conversation about what it means to build modern systems. In this interview, InfoQ spoke with Adrian Cockcroft who is the Cloud Architect for the Netflix platform.

  • CAP Twelve Years Later: How the "Rules" Have Changed

    The CAP theorem asserts that any networked shared-data system can have only two of three desirable properties (Consistency, Availability and Partition Tolerance). In this IEEE article, author Eric Brewer discusses how designers can optimize consistency and availability by explicitly handling partitions, thereby achieving some trade-off of all three.

  • Finding the Right Data Solution for Your Application in the Data Storage Haystack

    With the recent NoSQL movement there are several alternative data storage solutions available compared to the traditional relational databases. In this article, author Srinath Perera discusses the various data storage options and what to consider when choosing each of these solutions.

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