Scaling Facebook

Facebook VP of technical operations: Jonathan Heiliger

Jonathan Heiliger, vice president of technical operations at Facebook speaks to CNET News.com’s Dan Farber about the balancing act between innovating quickly and building a stable infrastructure at a company moving at breakneck- speed. Heiliger also discusses what he’s doing to scale data center operations and support the addition of more than 250,000 customers on a daily basis.

Interesting video for those of us in this business. I’ve always been impressed to the point of disbelief that Facebook has scaled a PHP application as successfully as they have. There is a bit near the end where he talks about storing data locally that I didn’t really catch for the screaming kid, but it sounded intriguing, at least in the sense that they are thinking/talking about that option.