Scaling Internet Datacenters

Adam Bechtel – Yahoo! Director, Global Network Architecture


Adam Bechtel

When 500M+ people visit your website each month, you are bound to face infrastructure scale challenges. From STP to BGP, or cable management to naming conventions, things that might have worked in a small location may break when scaled for hundreds of millions of users. This talk explores Yahoo!’s datacenter networks as the infrastructure evolved from a single server to massive datacenters measured in the 10’s of megawatts.


Adam is Yahoo!’s chief architect responsible for network, storage and systems infrastructure. Prior to Yahoo!, Adam was the lead network architect at Inktomi Corporation. Prior to Inktomi, Adam worked 100+ hour weeks at a startup (like everyone else during the bubble). Adam holds BS and MS degrees in engineering from the University of Colorado.