Networks aren’t built for the hell of it (unless you have a lot of free time and money). Traffic to a web site ultimately dictates the network requirements. However, as a network grows, there are opportunities to leverage it for end user performance gains.
This presentation starts at the familiar single-datacenter model upon which the vast majority of web sites are launched today. As the web site grows, the network transforms. A backbone evolves, peering with other networks takes place, anycast services are overlaid, and caches can be surgically located to suit a particular need. All of these aspects of the plumbing have an impact on the site’s performance.
Key message: As your site scales, don’t overlook the performance opportunities that the plumbing creates.
Adam Bechtel is the chief architect covering network, storage and systems infrastructure at Yahoo!. Prior to Yahoo!, Adam was the network architect at Inktomi. Prior to Inktomi, Adam was like everyone else working 100 hour weeks at a start-up.
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