Why the Twitter IPO mentions scalability

Join 12,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. 1. High availability is hard After seven years in the business you might think Twitter has operations and scalability nailed. I wouldn’t blame you for hoping, but here’s one thing they said in their IPO filing: “we are not currently serving traffic equally through our …

Amazon Web Services – What is it and why is it important?

Amazon Web Services is a division of Amazon the bookseller, but this part of the business is devoted solely to infrastructure and internet servers.  These are the building blocks of data centers, the workhorses of the internet.  AWS’s offering of Cloud Computing solutions allows a business to setup or “spinup” in the jargon of cloud …

Infrastructure Provisioning – What is it and why is it important?

In the old days… You would have a closet in your startup company with a rack of computers.  Provisioning involved: Deciding on your architectural direction, what, where & how Ordering the new hardware Waiting weeks for the packages to arrive Setup the hardware, wire things together, power up Discover some component is missing, or failed …