The Anatomy of a Flash Sale Fail

Capacity planning is not a black art. But when it comes to sites doing a scheduled flash sale or a person with a large number of social media followers (over 1mil) it can get ugly fast! I witnessed this today for a site that was opening up new memberships at a specific time. Their site […]

What Comes After the Containers and Unikernels?

(Reposted here from my LinkedIn) A brief history of everything… (SysAdmin related) There has been a lot of hype over the last year on container solutions, like Docker, with an ever growing and sometimes fragmented group of supporting projects. What does this all mean for the cloud and the future of hosting applications? Pre-Cloud and […]

What We Can Learn from the Hostgator, BlueHost Downtime

When Hostgator and BlueHost along with a myriad of other hosting companies owned by Endurance International Group went down Twitter was abuzz with mad clients complaining. Many of which had no local copies of their site(s). Nor did they have a backup plan for them or if applied, their clients. It is understandable that web […]

Nation’s New CIO Speaks of Clouds

NYTimes has a good blog post about the nation’s new CIO and his desire to embrace cloud computing: Mr. Kundra also said that he would push the government to embrace cloud computing — having work done on large servers rather than on desktop PCs. He acknowledged that there are privacy and security issues with some […]