Goodreads is much faster!

Posted by Otis Chandler on October 1, 2009
Goodreads has grown quite a lot in the last year, and to support our 2.5 million users and over 30 million monthly pageviews, we had to upgrade "what's under the hood" - and get a whole new set of servers!

Our new servers are lean, mean, and really freakin' fast. Oh - and did we mention SSD's? The change should help us continue to grow and handle more traffic - and it should also finally let us focus on new features instead of scaling problems!

Our old servers were rented from Media Temple, which we highly recommend for any small and growing site.


Here are some beautifully done shots of the new colo, taken by Michaels iphone, in between some intense sessions of installing software:







We like to imagine that Goodreads is now powered by something like this:




ps. This post in no way promises that we will still be fast in coming months if you all keep browsing more and more pages. But we like to think it will!

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message 1: by ☆Brittany☆ (new)

☆Brittany☆ YAY! :D


Katharine (Ventureadlaxre) I didn't even really find GoodReads slow (especially compared to sites like DeviantArt) so ... yay, I guess haha

So basically GoodReads was GOOD (as in the name) and now it's fantastic? Awesome!


message 3: by Alethea (new)

Alethea A Yay! I can tell, 100+ Books group page used to take that extra 2 seconds to load, but now it's smooth as silk! Thanks, Otis and crew!


message 4: by Meghan (new)

Meghan I can tell already. That's awesome. :)


message 5: by Dori (new)

Dori SSD's *drool*


message 6: by Ploie (last edited Oct 03, 2009 07:08AM) (new)

Ploie today's discovery. yet, another place to hang around and squander already portioned time(s). very user friendly, verry nice. already shared/recommended to my best 2 pals.
thank you!


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