Scale Quickly Like Birchbox – Startup Scalability 101

One of the great things about the Internet is how it has made it easier to put great ideas into practice. Whether the ideas are about improving people’s lives or a new way to sell and old-fashioned product, there’s nothing like a good little startup tale of creative disruption to deliver us from something old …

iHeavy Insights 76 – Scale By Design

In a recent trip to Southeast Asia, I visited the Malaysian city of Kuala Lumpur.  It is a sprawling urban area, more like Los Angeles than New York.  With all the congestion and constant traffic jams the question of city planning struck me.  On a more abstract level this is the same challenge that faces …

How To Build Highly Scalable Web Applications For The Cloud

Scalability in the cloud depends a lot on application design.  Keep these important points in mind when you are designing your web application and you will scale much more naturally and easily in the cloud. ** Original article — Intro to EC2 Cloud Deployments ** 1. Think twice before sharding It increases your infrastructure and …

Review: Cloud Application Architectures

George Reese’s book doesn’t have the catchiest title, but the book is superb.  One thing to keep in mind, it is not a nuts and bolts or howto type of book.  Although there is a quick intro to EC2 APIs etc, you’re better off looking at the AWS docs, or Jeff Barr’s book on the …