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Notes on growing an email system from 2 users to 2 million

Kristian K√∂hntopp shares his views on growing an email system from a small number of users to millions of users and the changes in the system architecture as it continues to evolve to match user growth. Some of the more interesting notes are not at the ‘what type of machines will solve 2 million users’ but some of the organizational changes that have to be made in order to accommodate such growth.

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  1. webnews | February 6, 2008 at 2:07 am | Permalink

    Google actually used a case question based on this idea during their on campus interviews here at the College this fall. The only difference was they made it customer-service centric… still, really similar.

  2. hoanga | February 6, 2008 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    That’s interesting. Is this information that you learned from first-hand experience or from others who interviewed at Google? I thought Google was pretty picky with their NDAs in the interview process. Or perhaps campus interviews work a little differently?

  3. webnews | February 11, 2008 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    They definitely didn’t give an NDA in the first round, maybe they did later, don’t really remember. And yes, I learned it from first-hand experience– they gave the same case study to everyone who interviewed here first round this fall.