Cloud Scaling: High Performance Even in Virtualized Environments.

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Scheduled: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 from 10:00 – 10:45am in B201


Virtual hosting providers are particularly enticing for startups and new opensource projects, but they come with large and sometimes unexpected drawbacks. Learn what to expect and how to mitigate the worst performance issues you’ll face deploying your services in the cloud.


Virtual hosting platforms promise easy, efficient access to computing resources on a whim. There are huge wins to these offerings, both economically and in terms of efficiency. However, many service types aren’t well suited to cloud environments. These services require special consideration in order to keep our sites, our businesses, or our organizations humming along nicely.

In this talk, you’ll learn how to identify and remedy bottlenecks in your production stack which are particular to the cloud. We’ll discuss how to get high performance out of variable, multi-tenant, and degraded (virtualized) hardware, including some of the important considerations in choosing a provider. Using experience from Urban Airship’s travails in the cloud, we’ll focus on getting the most out of your network, cpu, memory, and perhaps most importantly, your disk configuration.

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