September 15, 2007

Scalable web architectures

If you haven't noticed already there is a second blog which I maintain which is currently more busy than this particular blog. "Scalable web architectures" is a collection of posts about how web architectures which scale and technologies which make it happen.

Here are some of the posts on that blog



    Eins.de site serves about 1.2 million dynamic pages a day. He wrote a series of articles describing how they redesigned the site to scale for growth. I found these articles very informative with a extreemly mature discussion of the colorful world of scalability.

    Session, state and scalability




    If I could only give one recommendation to anyone building a brand new web application, I’d say “go stateless“. But going stateless is not the same as going session-less. One could implement a perfectly stateless web architecture which still uses sessions to authenticate, authorize and track user activity. And to complicate matters further, when I say stateless, I really mean that the server should be stateless, not the client.

    Loadbalancer for horizontal web scaling: What questions to ask before implementing one.




    Loadbalancers, by definition, are supposed to solve performance bottlenecks by distributing or balancing load between different components its managing. Though you would normally find loadbalancers in front of a webserver, a lot of different individuals have found other interesting ways of using it.

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