I will baptize February the Month of the Long Tail. Discussions about the impact of fat distributions have been high on my radar lately.
Heroku has hit Hacker News‘ top 10 multiple times in the last few days. RapGenius has been unhappy about the performance of their Rails application and posted an in-depth analysis of performance issues on Heroku’s Bamboo and Cedar stacks.
RapGenius unearthed issues in Heroku’s stacks that made it scale badly. Heroku posted a post-mortem a few days later and promised some fixes.
There are some interesting lessons to learn from this tale.