Behind the tech that saved YouTube from a scalability nightmare


Again in 2010, YouTube was in a repair. The platform was rising quick and its infrastructure couldn’t match its tempo. Pumping in additional CPU and reminiscence wasn’t serving to; it was nonetheless falling aside on the seams. 

That’s when two YouTube engineers, Sugu Sougoumarane and Mike Soloman determined to take a step again and analyse the issue from a special perspective: “When we actually sat down and wrote a huge spreadsheet of all problems and solutions, and when we looked at all that, it was obvious that we needed to build something that sits between the application and the MySQL layer, and moderate all these queries,” says Sugu in a sit-down with TechRadar Professional on the sidelines of the Percona Stay Convention Europe 2019 in Amsterdam. 


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