The Data Analytics of Application Scaling and Why There Are No Giants

The Data Analytics of Application Scaling and Why There Are No Giants

Like the 30 ft. giant in 'Jack and the Beanstalk,' myths and fallacies abound
regarding application scaling. Many blog posts show some performance data as
time-series charts, but otherwise only offer a qualitative analysis. This talk
is intended to remedy that by showing you how to QUANTIFY scalability. Time
series are not sufficient to assess cost-benefit of cloud services and other
scalability trade-offs. After reviewing the nonlinear constraints on the
scalability of giants, we apply similar nonlinear data-analytics techniques to
determine the universal scalability constraints on such well-known applications
as: MySQL, Memcached, Varnish, Zookeeper, and Amazon AWS.

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Dr. Neil Gunther

November 15, 2018
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