The community platform at The New York Times is a PHP-based, multi-tiered application that utilizes MySQL, Apache and Memcached. It was originally hosted on our own internal servers. We recently moved the platform to the cloud in order to increase its flexibility and to better handle high-load events (like links from the Yahoo home page).
Moving an existing application to the cloud presented both organizational and technical challenges. Here are some of the points we plan to cover:
Load Balancing and Proxying
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Ben Gerst is a Manager of Platform Technologies and Product Technologist for The New York Times. At the Times, he leads the User Generated Content Platform, which includes Comments on Articles, Rate and Review of Movies, Travel, Dining and Theater. He also worked as a developer on My Alerts, E-Commerce and the Most Popular applications.
Vadim Jelezniakov is a Lead Software Engineer and Infrastructure Evangelist at The New York Times. At the Times, he leads the creation of processes and tools that allow NYTimes.com to grow and manage its computing infrastructure in a controlled and sane way. He is also the master mind behind NYTimes.com’s own Cloud Manager and a contributor to several open source projects including CloudMaster and MRToolkit. When his head is not in the clouds, he teaches Aikido and plays Wii with his daughter.
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