Gone are the days when MySQL is the only real (and free) choice for storing all your data. Nowadays we have a a lot of seemingly overlapping and redundant options. But each has its place—a role in which it’s a natural fit for the problem at hand.
This talk looks at the general classes of data storage (and indexing) systems available today (SQL, NoSQL, in-memory, on disk, etc.), using the needs of criagslist.org for some real-world perspective on what works well where.
We’ll cover several specific technologies along the way, looking at the use cases, deployment details, and lessons learned from running in a busy production environment.
The talk will conclude with a wishlist of technologies that would help make our infrastructure more complete.
Jeremy joined craigslist after over eight years in a variety of roles at Yahoo! He hacks on Sphinx, MySQL, Redis, MongoDB, Perl, and various back-end bits of the craigslist infrastructure.
Jeremy blogs at http://jeremy.zawodny.com/blog/ and flies both small airplanes and gliders in his spare time.
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