Feb
5

Much Hadoop about Nothing? We Don’t Think So.

Posted on February 5, 2013 by Ron Bodkin

In the mid 2000’s when I was Chief Architect and later, VP Engineering, at Quantcast, we were using one of the first Hadoop clusters as a low-cost way to process the vast amount of data needed to directly measure many of the largest websites in the world. We even helped a skeptical Facebook see the…

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Dec
7

MongoSV Conference

Posted on December 7, 2010 by Ron Bodkin

It was great attending the MongoSV conference last week. The conference was packed with attendees from a mix of backgrounds, showing lots of interest in scaling with MongoDB. There were some good technical talks from 10gen about their database. I especially liked the hands on intro by CEO Dwight Merriman, and the hand drawn slides…

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Oct
15

Foursquare’s MongoDB Outage

Posted on October 15, 2010 by Ron Bodkin

Foursquare recently suffered a total site outage for eleven hours. The outage was caused by unexpected uneven growth in their MongoDB database that their monitoring didn’t detect. The system outage was prolonged when an attempt to add a partition didn’t work due to fragmentation, and required taking the database offline to compact it. This article…

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