Surviving yahoo's frontage and App Store featured listing

Matt Olander matt at
Fri Aug 15 02:10:04 UTC 2014

On Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 7:24 AM, Seo Townsend <seotownsend at> wrote:
> I am a developer at fittr, we make a fitness app that was recently featured on the yahoo homepage and app store top featured listings.
> We are a very small company with a small budget.  We were not prepared for the onslaught of traffic we recieved from the iStore and yahoo homepage out of the blue; fortunately, FreeBSD was.  We
> have two low costs FreeBSD servers (4GB 4 core, $60/mo) from rackspace which are both running relatively complicated dynamic web applications along with a redis database.  During the peak of our traffic,
> both FreeBSD servers were serving all web pages within 15ms and all services within 3ms without a hitch, load peaked at 23%.  Stack consisting of nginx, rails (web), sinatra (services), redis (database).
> There’s a reason FreeBSD runs 1/3 of the internet.

It looks like you guys made some great choices all the way across the stack ;)

Thanks for sharing, I'll definitely try out the app!


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