Build resilient systems at scale
May 27–29, 2015 • Santa Clara, CA

Preparing your site for holidays and major events

Gopal Brugalette (Nordstrom)
11:55am–12:15pm Wednesday, 05/27/2015
Location: Ballroom GH
Average rating: ***..
(3.86, 7 ratings)
Slides:   1-PPTX 

Prerequisite Knowledge

Some experience with capacity planning and monitoring.


Nordstrom has two major online events a year: our Anniversary Sale and Holiday. Peak volumes can be up to four times greater than our normal traffic during these times. We want our customers to have the best possible shopping experience during these times.

In this talk, we explain how the different organizations, Business, Product Management and Technology, work together to prepare the site for this peak traffic. We will discuss our challenges and each group’s contributions to addressing them. We’ll cover our strategies for load projections, testing, capacity planning and monitoring. We’ll also go over some of our major misses in the past few years, so you can learn from them. You’ll come away from this session with best practices for your own event readiness.

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Gopal Brugalette


Nuclear physicist, performance engineer, woodworker, farmer, philosopher.