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MongoDB and Varnish at Business Insider

  • Feb 21, 2012 · 6:30 PM
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With over 200 thousand articles currently in the database Business Insider's site serves around ~117 million page views and has around ~17 million uniques visitors per month. Find out how they use MongoDB to optimize the backend and hear about some the more interesting uses of this NoSQL database (they use if for everything).

MongoDB is only half the story, to optimize the front end they use Varnish Cache, a web application accelerator also knows as a caching HTTP reverse proxy.  Pax and Julie will talk about their current implementation and discuss some of the new features of Varnish 3.0 they hope to use in the near future.

Pax Dickinson (@paxdickinson) has almost 20 years of experience in the IT industry, including work in development, systems administration, software architecture, and technical writing. His turn-ons include open source software, single malt scotch, and Austrian economics, and among his turn-offs are Microsoft Windows and the nanny state.

Julie Sommerville has been working in the New York tech scene since 2004 as a PHP developer. She has wrangled databases ranging from Oracle to MongoDB.  She is a reformed lawyer and bleeding heart liberal. Born and bred in Scotland she also enjoys whisky and the occasional haggis.

We are back at Meetup HQ and they still have food and beer!


Catchpoint gave us Kindle Fire to raffle off at this event so don't forget your business cards!


6:30 - Arrive to Meetup HQ, meet other members
6:45 - Event starts
7:00 - MongoDB and Web Performance (Pax Dickinson)
8:00 - Q&A
8:15 - Book giveaway
8:30 - Open Discussion, Networking


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  • Ri

    Great meetup, Enlightening!

    February 22, 2012

  • Russell S.

    It was interesting to see what BI was doing, but I was a little surprised their chief architect didn't know what their peak hits per second was when asked.

    February 22, 2012

  • Ivy F.

    FYI a pair of glasses and a case was left at this meetup. Please contact me or Sergey if they are yours.

    February 21, 2012

  • Sergey C.

    Hmm. Not the best day, apparently. I've posted on their page in case people from waiting list would like to attend.

    February 14, 2012

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