August 22, 2015

Scaling PHP at Wayfair 13:30 Scaling PHP at Wayfair Horace

Scaling PHP at Wayfair

Wayfair went live with PHP in May 2011, after 9 years of running on classic ASP. Its customer-facing web sites were completely converted to PHP by April 2013.

Initially we had a classic LAMP-style stack, except with FreeBSD instead of Linux, Lighttpd instead of Apache, and Microsoft SQL Server instead of MySQL. Like a lot of sites, we had a Memcached to help with performance. This was fine for the size business we were at the time.

Since then we have had to scale up. We’re now a >$1B public company. We’re doing a lot of things with PHP that we have made available to the opensource community on The thing that has required the most creativity, and is perhaps the most useful to others, whether or not they have a stack similar to ours, was getting connection pooling and proxying to work with our spiffy state-of-the-art caching infrastructure, and with SQL Server. This talk is a ‘how and why’ on all of that.

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