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Have I started hating mysql and falling in love with distributed databases

It seems Mysql is rock solid if you want:
TransactionsACID support So I would still recommend mysql for any thing that is mission critical data and it should be the primary datastore for your transactions. But what about derived data, immutable data or analytical data?

In past I have built large scale cluster of mysql server storing metadata about billions of files and folders used by tens of thousands of customers daily and its scaling fine and working good, its still growing at a healthy rate and holding up.  But this requires a lot of baby sitting if you have 100s of nodes and you need to do
replicationadd more nodesrebalancing datamonitoring entire clusterShardingBackup/restore You have to write a lot of tooling and lot of monitoring/babysitting to scale the cluster. Plain stock Mysql will scale up to a limit but vertically scaling has its own issues. So +1 for Mysql but not everything should be stuffed there.

Recently me and my team built full text search/indexing o…

Rate limiting APIs and Java services when operating at Scale to solve Thundering herd problem

When you are operating at scale and handling peak traffic of 1K+ request per sec on a jvm then no matter what you do you would get hit by a Thundering herd problem. There would be operations that happens once in a while but take more than 10 sec and if there are too many of them happening then you could choke backend services or worse cause a downtime. So you need to Rate limit these long running operations that only X can run at a time, this way you are leaving room for running lots of short lived transactions.

When you have millions of users then not all users are doing these long running operations and not all traffic is coming from online users. We are a cloud storage company and we give sync client to users so 80%+ traffic at a given time is coming from these clients that are trying to sync changes between cloud and local system behind the scenes.  Our application is written using REST apis and these clients  are using the same REST apis that our web ui is using.  Also some custo…