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 global evangelist for artificial intelligence and machine learning at AWS, where he focuses on helping developers and enterprises bring their ideas to life. He frequently speaks at conferences and he also actively blogs. Previously, Julien served for 10 years as CTO/vice president of engineering in top-tier web startups where he led large software and ops teams in charge of thousands of servers worldwide. In the process, he fought his way through a wide range of technical, business, and procurement issues, which helped him gain a deep understanding of physical infrastructure, its limitations, and how cloud computing can help. Last but not least, Julien holds eight AWS certifications.
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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