Migrating a Monolith to the Cloud

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 9:00 am9:30 am

Keyur Govande, Etsy


After over a decade of hosting itself in the data center, Etsy.com moved to the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) in 2018. In this talk, I'll go over:

  • why the company decided to make the transition
  • our architectural approaches to migrating a large monolith, and the difficulties we faced gaining confidence in them
  • the assumptions we never knew about and had to fix: in the application code, the infrastructure tooling, and our processes
  • cutting over to GCP, safely
  • things we learnt running there for the last 9+ months

Keyur Govande, Etsy

Keyur is the Chief Architect at Etsy. He has led multiple large architectural changes during his tenure, most recently the move to Google Cloud. Prior to this role, he was a key member of the Systems Engineering team helping scale the site and keeping PHP, Gearman, MySQL, Memcached, Redis, and the Linux kernel running smoothly.

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@conference {229543,
author = {Keyur Govande},
title = {Migrating a Monolith to the Cloud},
year = {2019},
address = {Brooklyn, NY},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = mar,

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