SmugMug relies heavily on MySQL to keep its site and more than half a
billion photos and high definition videos blazingly fast. That usually
means hanging out on the bleeding edge – always exciting, dangerous, and
Today, that means blending game-changing new hardware like SSDs,
OpenStorage appliances, and cheap 8-way+ large RAM systems with
brilliant software such as ZFS, InnoDB, and a healthy dose of community
patches from places like Percona and Google. Don will share the very
latest details on how SmugMug increases performance, reliability, and
data durability by combining all of these exciting new developments.
Don grew up during the best time ever, when he could beg, build, hack,
and play with the goodies he loves so much.
He got the opportunity of a lifetime at age 17 when he became person #5
at Best Internet, where he designed the networks that powered brands
like eBay and Hotmail.
In 2002 when no investor was investing and a dozen respected brands were
vying to dominate photo sharing, he bootstrapped what is now one of the
leading photo sharing sites – SmugMug. With the help of a user
interface designer, he built everything it takes to run a high-traffic,
feature-rich photo sharing site, from the router to the customer
experience. And he did what few Internet CEOs have done: he made his
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