Author: bclark

Ben Clark is the Chief Architect of Wayfair. You can follow him on Twitter @clarkjacker.

Wayfair at Boston TechJam 2014

Wayfair engineering will be out in force at Boston TechJam 2014, on Thursday, June 12, 2014, at Boston City Hall Plaza, starting at 4 pm.  We’ll be in the middle row, one slot away from the beer tent, and we will have some fun stuff, including a giant game of Jenga….

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Stormin’ OMS

Overview There’s storm in Wayfair! And yes, the “a” article before the word “storm” is purposely not there. When referring to “storm” at Wayfair, we do not mean a conglomerate of barometric circumstances that lead to downpours from the skies and other natural phenomena (a storm); we mean real-time computation,…

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/dev/null vs. MongoDB benchmark bake-off

We’ve used MongoDB at Wayfair for a subset of our customer data for a while.  But we’re always looking for opportunities to speed up our infrastructure and give our customers a more responsive user experience.  So when we heard about a new database platform called ‘/dev/null’, we became pretty excited….

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Tesla: Feel the Power

Data Warehousing at Wayfair In 2009 Wayfair’s database infrastructure was based almost entirely on Microsoft SQL Server. Our Business Intelligence team was using a SQL Server data warehouse to prepare a large amount of data for import into Analysis Services (SSAS) each day. We populated our data warehouse using transaction log shipping from production…

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