We all want to move fast. We construct our systems in a rapidly-iterating and agile way. We design and build them to be efficient, robust, and have low latency. But sometimes in the search for speed we make decisions that come back to haunt us. Some of these are reasonable tradeoffs, some can have long-term repercussions, and some can be outright catastrophic.
At Fastly, we serve over 10% of the internet’s traffic and power tens of thousands of online destinations. We have a unique vantage point on the state of the web and going slow is not an option. When Beyonce tweets a baby photo, the NYT breaks a story, or Taylor Swift drops a new album on spotify … our edge cloud sees it first and brings it to you.
In this talk we’ll go over the key lessons we learned while building our edge cloud services with speed: what worked, what didn’t, the tradeoffs we made, and what you can learn from our experiences while building your own distributed applications & teams at scale.
Presentation slide deck: https://speakerdeck.com/randommood/go-fast
Presentation notes: https://github.com/Randommood/go-fast