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Application Architecture Next Practices: Lessons Learned From Instagram

Published: 29 November 2012

ID: G00246194

Analyst(s): Ray Valdes


This case study of the photo-sharing site Instagram shows how to scale a site with dynamic personalized pages to tens of millions of users in a short time with minimal resources. IT and application development leaders should consider adopting these next best practices.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Functional Overview

Case Study

  • Consider the Open-Source Stack for Tactical Projects That Must Scale Rapidly
  • If Resources and Staff Are Limited, Tap Into the Open-Source Development Community
  • Architect the System to Enable Monitoring Operations Quality and User Experience Quality
  • Social Sites That Scale Must Be Architected for Dynamic and Highly Personalized Content
  • Conclusions

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