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Here’s our Frontline team at work, in our spiffy network operations center: [caption id="attachment_2043" align="alignleft" width="584"] Wayfair network operations center[/caption]     Selling home goods on the internet isn’t rocket science, but if you actually wanted to send a couch to the moon, you’d want to plan for and monitor…

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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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Northeast PHP Recap

Last weekend was the inaugural run of the Northeast PHP Conference in Boston.  Wayfair was a gold sponsor, so we bought t-shirts, paid for apps and beer at the Saturday night event, and also sent about 15 engineers to the event.  I gave a talk on High Performance PHP, and…

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The 24-Hour News Cycle

A few weeks ago, we celebrated Inc! Magazine’s great cover story about us, including an internal poll of our favorite item from the photo shoot (results: tie between the purple dragon and giant giraffe).  Unbeknownst to us, however, the story was later picked up by Yahoo!’s news feed on April…

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