Mad Scientists Creating Black Swans in a Lab


Black swan events are every capacity manager's nightmare. You can build out your system to accommodate maximum data usage, and for 299 straight days that system will work perfectly. Then comes that damned black swan, in the form of a sudden spike in usage, and the system gets overwhelmed.

At a panel on capacity at the North American Trading Architecture Summit in New York last week, part of the discussion was on the different approaches to handling the spike days in an industry where message vol

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