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How We Scaled It: Facebook’s Online Data Infrastructure to 1B+ Users

An inside look into building massively scalable online infrastructure at Facebook

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Rockset founders Venkat Venkataramani and Dhruba Borthakur share their experience scaling Facebook’s online data infrastructure to 1B+ users. Central to the discussion is the theme of moving fast without breaking things. Thousands of new product features from like buttons to groups launched as Facebook rapidly scaled user growth. To keep Facebook always online, the team adopted a services-oriented architecture and built their own technologies including RocksDB, Scuba and Tao. Learn about how Facebook scaled, trends in the real-time data space and what key considerations should be made when scaling your own data infrastructure.

About the Speakers

Venkat Venkataramani is the CEO and co-founder of Rockset. He was previously an Engineering Director in the Facebook infrastructure team responsible for all online data services that stored and served Facebook user data. Collectively, these systems worked across 5 geographies and and served more than 5 billion queries a second. Prior to Facebook, Venkat worked on the Oracle Database.

Dhruba Borthakur is the CTO and co-founder of Rockset. He was an engineer on the database team at Facebook, where he was the founding engineer of the RocksDB data store. Earlier at Yahoo, he was one of the founding engineers of the Hadoop Distributed File System.

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