June 26, 2013

Camille Fournier is the VP of Technical Architecture at Rent the Runway and is an expert in distributed systems and ZooKeeper. She was also one of the speakers at RICON East, Basho’s distributed systems conference. Her talk was entitled, “ZooKeeper for the Skeptical Architect.”

ZooKeeper has become quite ubiquitous, since it’s the core component of the Hadoop ecosystem and enables high availability for systems like Redis and Solr. However, as Camille points out, just because something’s popular, doesn’t mean you should use it. To help you decide whether ZooKeeper is right for you, she goes over the core uses of ZooKeeper in the wild and why it is suited to these use cases. She also talks about systems that don’t use ZooKeeper and why that can be the right decision. Finally, she discusses the common challenges of running ZooKeeper as a service and things to look out for when architecting a deployment. Her full talk is below:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4uwKP7WJFk&w=640&h=390]

You can also check out her slide deck here.

If you’re interested in speaking at RICON West (Oct. 29-30th in San Francisco), we are now accepting proposals through July 1st. If you’re interested in attending, you can purchase early bird tickets here.