A Thought Experiment – Super-Scaling Magento

Alan Kent's Blog

SuperSizeMeThis post is a thought experiment on how to super-scale Magento. That is, how do you design a system to be able to scale in multiple order of magnitude increments. Because this is a thought experiment, I am not going to worry about minor details like how much effort to implement the solution or how much all the hardware would cost.

Before going too far, it is important to remember that there are many different dimensions that can be scaled: number of products, number of variations, number of concurrent users, number of price rules, number of concurrent administrators, and more. For Magento, it is also important to remember that no two sites are the same.  Different extensions may be installed, the HTML and CSS is likely to be adjusted to give the site its own look and feel, etc. So there is not a single rule of “do this and…

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