Viadeo is the #1 professional social network in France with over 9 million members. Founded in 2005, the company grew its business using traditional infrastructure (about 250 servers hosted in the US).
However, a number of challenges started to rise in 2014:
After a thorough study, Viadeo decided in early 2015 to migrate 100% of its physical infrastructure to Amazon Web Services.
This presentation will cover:
- the thought process that led to this unconventional move (for an established company like Viadeo),
- our design options and trade-offs, focusing on delivery speed and risk avoidance,
- why we did or didn’t alter parts of our stack, especially on the backend side (MySQL, ElasticSearch, HBase, Hadoop),
- the complete automation and testing of our infrastructure build, aka “infrastructure as code” using AWS CloudFormation, Puppet, and continuous integration
- and more!
Julien Simon is a technical evangelist at AWS. Previously, Julien spent 10 years as a CTO and vice president of engineering at a number of top-tier web startups. He’s particularly interested in all things architecture, deployment, performance, scalability, and data. Julien frequently speaks at conferences and technical workshops, where he helps developers and enterprises bring their ideas to life thanks to the Amazon Web Services infrastructure.
Antoine Guy is Infrastructure Architect at Viadeo. Previously he spent 15 years operating and designing web infrastructure for websites as well as hosting companies. He specializes in performance, monitoring, datacenters, clouds and always keeps simplicity in mind.
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