Bradford Stephens

How to Decrease the Pain in Building Distributed Systems

A Strata "Making Data Work" Webcast

Date: This event took place live on January 12 2011

Presented by: Bradford Stephens

Duration: Approximately 60 minutes.

Cost: Free

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Building distributed systems is painful. Many organizations are approaching the point where their data and application infrastructures are being run on many servers (in the cloud or datacenter). Our software practices don't reflect that, often with disastrous results. This talk is a collection of scalability principles, anecdotes and practices from experts (and personal experience) from engineering, operations, and business perspectives.

About Bradford Stephens

Bradford Stephens is Founder and CEO of Drawn to Scale, who created Spire, a distributed database with real-time queries and fulltext search. His passion for scalability is reflected in many talks at conferences, articles, and on the Program Committee for O'Reilly and GigaOm conferences. Prior to this, he was Lead Platform Engineer at Visible Technologies, a Social Media BI company. Bradford also spent time at Microsoft (SQL Server team), in politics (Presidential and U.S. House campaign manager), and music (metal guitar). He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Political Science. His blog on scalability can be found at, and is @LusciousPear on Twitter.