A brief update with some numbers for hardware load-balanced mongrels

Back in August, I posted about a good-sized evaluation I was going to start doing about the horizontal scaling of different proxy engines and load-balancers across lots of mongrels. But in short, we’ve stayed with F5’s BIG-IPs for at least one additional reason beyond their ability to handled gigabits of traffic across many many backend Continue reading A brief update with some numbers for hardware load-balanced mongrels

The 10% “rule” for infrastructure costs

I was reading GigaOM the other day, specifically Google’s 2006 Money Shot, $10 billion in revenues, and his quote from Google’s earning release caught my eye: Other cost of revenues, which is comprised primarily of data center operational expenses, as well as credit card processing charges, increased to $307 million, or 10% of revenues, in Continue reading The 10% “rule” for infrastructure costs

Jason Hoffman will be doing a tutorial at RailsConf 2007 in Portland

I’ll be doing a half-day tutorial at RailsConf 2007 Thursday morning titled Scaling a Rails Application from the Bottom Up. The abstract is: Ruby On Rails is an opinionated framework for developing web applications and has a considerable amount of flexibility in the back end. While the framework is quite successful in removing the need Continue reading Jason Hoffman will be doing a tutorial at RailsConf 2007 in Portland