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[nycphp-talk] php scalability

Lee Semel lsemel at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 13 20:30:53 EDT 2003


Thanks for the link to the updated Yahoo/PHP presentation.  
 
What the presentation doesn't say is how difficult it was for them to get where they are.  How much effort, time and money was spent?  It's possible he had a team of programmers working all year writing custom code, experimenting, and optimizing PHP for the Yahoo environment.  
 
Just because PHP scales for Yahoo, one of the largest web companies with loads of in-house technical talent, doesn't mean it's necessarily easy or cost effective for other businesses.  
 
I'd like to hear other opinions on this.
 
Lee
 
 

Jon Baer <jonbaer at jonbaer.net> wrote:
i guess you could say if it's good enough for yahoo! its good enough for anyone :-)
 
http://public.yahoo.com/~radwin/talks/yahoo-phpcon2002.htm
 
http://www.radwin.org/michael/blog/archives/000255.html
 
- jon
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From: Lee Semel 
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Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2003 7:30 PM
Subject: [nycphp-talk] php scalability


I am planning an e-commerce site, to be developed either in PHP or Java (preferably the former), but I haven't made my final decision yet.  One of the key issues is the ability to scale the site onto a cluster of servers, as traffic grows.  
 
In Java, it seems that commercial application servers can handle this out of the box.  But I don't see how this can be done on PHP, and I'm wondering if anyone actually does this in a critical production environment.
 
How would you set up load balancing and failover on a PHP site? Is there any particular way you would design the application up front to make this easier?  I'm interesting in hearing your suggestions.
 
Lee
 


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