In the trenches with a NoSQL database – lessons learned from a fast growing startup
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  Troy Howard   Troy Howard


Wednesday, August 22, 2012
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Level:  Technical - Intermediate

In August 2010, AppFog started out as a company with one employee and a big idea to make web development easier. One of the first steps was to select the database strategy for the product, that were not only easy to use, but that would offer performance and scale with the company. AppFog chose Redis as one of its solutions, and it has exceeded expectations as it scaled with the company and now handles more than 8 million HTTP requests a day.

This presentation will discuss the benefits of running a business platform on top of Redis, and why PaaS players like AppFog choose NoSQL databases, which include:

  1. Real life deployment examples provide a case for best practices around NoSQL database-as-a-service
  2. Understand what issues companies hope to overcome through NoSQL databases like Redis
  3. Advice from AppFog developers on optimizing Redis to meet a company’s growing needs
  4. Learn how Redis provides a highly scalable solution able to handle millions of HTTP requests per day
  5. Leveraging NoSQL as a service solutions like MongoLab and MongoHQ in highly scalable apps
  6. The relationship between NoSQL as a service and PaaS (and NoOps for that matter)

Troy Howard is a developer at AppFog and has been working with computers since 1985. Most recently he is excited about CloudFoundry and helping to make NoOps the new normal. When not working on fun and innovative new technology at a startup, he's probably playing bass with his band Lubec, reviewing patches for the Apache Software Foundation, organizing a conference for hipster-tech like Node.js or riding his bike around Portland, Oregon, his adopted hometown.

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