eBay scalability best practices

I have been spending the day catching up on my reading (which always seems to bunch up to sunday), and finished reading this very good overview of scalability best practices at eBay.

The crux of the article (and something they come back to again and again) is partitioning, both vertical and horizontal.

From the article:

There are many facets to scalability – transactional, operational, development effort. In this article, I will outline several of the key best practices we have learned over time to scale the transactional throughput of a web-based system. Most of these best practices will be familiar to you. Some may not. All come from the collective experience of the people who develop and operate the eBay site.

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