Surge 2012: Mike Nolet presents “From Zero to 500k QPS in Three Years: Scaling AppNexus”

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By popular request, a recording of CTO & Co-Founder Mike Nolet’s presentation at Surge 2012 is finally available! For those who don’t want to dig through thousands of cat videos to find it, we’ve posted it here for your convenience.

Hear our story of how we went from two guys on a couch who thought they could build a cloud-hosting company, to more than 200 300 employees, building the world leader in real-time advertising technology. Mike’s presentation gives an uncensored dive in to how, over the course of one weekend, we used GSLB and KeepAlive to hack our servers into place, build a backend to support them, and freed ourselves from the grips of expensive LB vendors (you can learn even more about that here). How, because we’ve always invested in full-time resources for our fully automated deployment world, we managed to not hire a single test engineer until March 2012. And how a stupid mistake took down 3/4 of our global data centers for 12 hours, yet we still managed to maintain 99.5% uptime.

He explores our devops infrastructure, powered by our in-house built continuous deployment system; our load-balancing infrastructure and its many layers; and our real-time and data streaming infrastructure, built primarily in C and processing 12 terabytes of data every day.

This is our story of scaling from zero to 500k 800k queries per second in three years.

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