Wake up: Nobody Cares About Scaling

By Jason on Jul 09, 2011

Derrick Harris and Michael Stonebreaker say Facebook’s MySQL is a fate worse than death.

Indeed, it seems Facebook's Burden is worthy of our pity.

Not that it’s necessarily Facebook’s fault, though. Stonebraker says the social network’s predicament is all too common among web startups that start small and grow to epic proportions.

Oh, cry me a bleeding river, Mr. Stonebreaker.

What’s too common is brilliant web startups that start small and die smaller.

Time-to-market. Easy. These are what businesses need. That is why SQL remains competitive and compelling. Scalability is worthless until you’ve got a superior getting-started pitch.