ENTRIES TAGGED "Web 2.0"

Paging systems and Conference Bridges for startups & small teams

Early registration for the Velocity Web Performance & Operations Conference has opened. To help spread the word, I’ve written this “simplest thing that will work” hack to a common Operations need: Paging systems and Conference Bridges. Step 1: Establish a team contact list with SMS email addresses Create a Google Spreadsheet to create a team roster like this one. My…

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Steve Souders asks: “How green is your web page?”

Steve Souders, my Velocity conference Co-Chair and author of High Performance Websites, gave me permission to repost this great analysis: How green is your web page? Writing faster web pages is great for your users, which in turn is great for you and your company. But it’s better for everyone else on the planet, too. Intrigued by an article on…

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Amazon S3 / EC2 / AWS outage this morning…

Many of Amazon.com's Web Services were down this morning with some customers reporting outages lasting over three hours. Sites that depend on services that depend on EC2 or S3 are down as well. Failures like this happen in every system, and anyone that promises otherwise is foolish or lying (or both). Amazon does not promise that their systems won't fail,…

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Infrastructure tools that made the first week in a new job easier…

(Update: I am no longer affiliated with Etelos, and have edited this entry accordingly.) Three tools that make life much easier: Apple Remote Desktop – The asset management & inventory tools alone are worth $499. My only complaint is that it doesn't work for remote users without a VPN. (Note to Apple: You need to offer a full-function trial. Also,…

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O’Reilly launches Velocity Web Performance and Operations Conference

* Maximizing database performance and efficiency * Optimizing production code * Capacity planning and load testing * Configuration management * Monitoring and Instrumentation * Incident Management and business continuity planning * Virtualization in production * Policy / Process / Compliance in distributed environments Velocity is changing that by providing the best information on building and operating web sites that are fast, reliable, and always up…. Velocity is the place to obtain the crucial skills and knowledge to build successful web sites that are fast, scalable, resilient, and highly available.Velocity is changing that by providing the best information on building and operating web sites that are fast, reliable, and always up. people building Web2.0 face similar challenges: Our sites must be faster, the infrastructure needs to scale, and everything must be available all the time…. We’re bringing together people from around the world who are doing the best performance work, to improve the experience of web users worldwide.

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Google & IBM giving students a distributed systems lab using Hadoop

Google & IBM have partnered to give university students hands-on experience developing software for large-scale distributed systems. This initiative focuses on parallel processing for large data sets using Hadoop, an open source implementation of Google’s MapReduce. (See Tim’s earlier post about Yahoo & Hadoop) “The goal of this initiative is to improve computer science students’ knowledge of highly parallel…

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Amazon’s S3 Gets An SLA

Amazon Web Services now has an SLA. S3 (storage) and EC2 (virtual servers) have been adopted by many web companies to save money, but until now they've just had to trust that the services would stay up (Radar post). Jeff Barr made the SLA announcement on the AWS blog: I am very happy to announce that, effective October 1,…

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Content Distribution Networks have doubled since last year

I learned from Dan Rayburn that the Content Distribution Network (CDN) market is booming: A year ago, I was tracking about 15 delivery providers in the market. As of today, there are now at least 28 providers for online video delivery be it via streaming, progressive download, P2P or hybrid solutions. At least 6 of the providers on the list…

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