Did Disney have to fail?

via GIPHY Well it was a big day for Disney a couple of weeks ago when they launched the much anticipated Disney+ streaming service. And of course as widely reported, they had a really bad outage. We’ve heard the old refrain before. We never saw traffic like this before. We were absolutely buried. Join 35,000 …

What can NYFW teach Chad Dickerson about net neutrality?

Here we are again discussing Net Neutrality… Chad Dickerson CEO of well renowned Etsy.com, has come out strongly in favor, and wants everyone to take action. Join 27,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Honestly when I read his wired piece Etsy CEO to businesses: If Net Neutrality Perishes, We Will Too, I …

5 startup & scalability blogs I never miss – week 2

Join 11,500 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Hunter Walk – Startups If you want to have your finger on the pulse of startup land, there aren’t many better places to start than Hunter Walk’s 99% humble writings. Google finds his top posts on topics like AngelList, Advisors, and reinventing the movie theatre. …

Anatomy of a Performance Review

A lot of firms come to us with a specific scalability problem. “Our user base is growing rapidly and the website is falling over!” Or they’re selling more widgets, “Our shopping cart is slowing down and we’re seeing users abandon their purchases”. These are real startup growing pains, so what to do? We like to …

31 Essential Blogs for Startups & Scalability

So many blogs, so little time! Here’s our list of the best we’ve found. Currently our favorite reader is Pulse pictured left. Starting to play around with flipboard too. Nuts & Bolts Technical Slashdot One of the original tech blogs, that still covers lots of breaking news, and difficult topics. Very technical, with probing commentary. …

Best of Guide – Highlights of Our Popular Content

We cherry pick the top 5 most popular posts of various topics we’ve covered in recent months. 5 Things Toxic to Scalability We use a broad brush to highlight the biggest no-nos in web application scalability. 5 Ways to Boost Scalability for MySQL We dig into scalability, steering to the richest areas to focus on. …

Scalability Rules for managers and startups

Abbott and Fisher’s previous book, The Art of Scalability received good reviews for shifting the way we think about scalability from merely splitting databases and adding servers, to include the human factors that weigh heavily on its success. Together with the authors’ distinguished pedigree (PayPal, Amazon, and eBay between them), I picked up a copy …

iHeavy Newsletter 84 – Restaurant Scalability

Restaurant Scalability Could pro-waitering serve up some lessons on web scalability? Observing peak hour dining at a New York restaurant gave us some insight. I was dining at a restaurant the other day with friends. It was a warm and cozy place, nicely decorated with a long, narrow dining room.  The food was scrumptious, yet we were …

5 things toxic to scalability

Check out our followup post 5 More Things Deadly to Scalability If you’re using MySQL checkout 5 ways to boost MySQL scalability. 1. Object Relational Mappers ORMs are popular among developers but not among performance experts.  Why is that?  Primarily these two engineers experience a web application from entirely different perspectives.  One is building functionality, …

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 …