Once again splendid podcast on SE Radio http://www.se-radio.net/2017/03/se-radio-episode-285-james-cowling-on-dropboxs-distributed-storage-system
This is a talk with James Cowling of Dropbox, architect of their distributed storage system called Magic Pocket. What I really liked is grasp of reality mixed with great vision presented by Mr James. On one hand he and his team designs big new distributed system, basically from ground up, touching hardware as well (best HDD and SSD optimization possible!). On the other he says simply – keep design as simple as you can! Complexity will come with system growth and future business new requirements.
For me the latter is especially valuable lesson. One tends to deliver as much value as one can, often for the cost of not-so-simple system. Better will be build simple and flow with further design as real business needs arrive.
Many thanks for this episode to SE team! 🙂