How big can government get? Could we expect a global government to emerge in the next decade out of the United Nations? As much as this might be planned for, it is instructive to see what Google has discovered about operating at scale.
Behind the scenes, Google is fighting a constant battle against the twin demons of cascading failovers and the increasingly challenging levels of complexity that massively scaled services bring. ‘At scale, everything breaks, and Google must walk a tightrope between increasing the scaling of its systems while avoiding cascading failovers, such as the outage that affected Gmail Read On