By Chris WhiteheadA few months ago, we saw a massive surge in requests to our hosting platform, reddit.com, and the traffic has continued to grow.
At first, we had trouble keeping up with the influx.
We had to change how we process traffic.
We also had a number of questions about how to build an aggressive architecture that would provide a lot of benefits for the end user.
What’s the right architecture?
What are the best practices?
What technologies do we use?
This post will go over some of the best tools and techniques we’ve come across that we think you’ll find useful.
It’s important to keep in mind that this is not a complete guide to how to run a hostile architecture, nor does it give you the ability to implement the tactics you’ll need to successfully build an architecture.
The purpose of this post is to show you how to implement a dynamic hostile architecture and see how it works for you.
As with most things in tech, there are many different approaches and solutions.
For the purposes of this article, we’ll use an automated tool called Flurry.
This tool takes a query and generates a list of all the available hosts, including their hostnames, their IP addresses, and their domains.
Then it automatically adds an additional query to each host list, so you can easily identify which hosts are in a hostile environment.
We’ll call this the “host list filter.”
Flurry is available on GitHub and is an awesome service for getting started.
Here’s how you can use it to get started:1.
Select a host list3.
Add a filter4.
Add more hosts5.
Save the resultsWe’re going to use the “hot hosts” filter.
You can select a hostname and click the “Filter” button, or select a “hot host” filter from the drop-down menu.
Then you can add additional hosts.
For example, we could add a filter for all hosts on our site that have domains like http://localhost:4000 or http://example.com:4000.
Flurry has a great set of filtering tools that help you get started quickly.
For instance, we can use the hot hosts filter to automatically add a host to our “hot lists.”
This will give us an extra host in our “hots” section of the hosting dashboard, and we can then filter the rest of our hosts based on that host’s IP address and domain name.
For each host, Flurry also gives you a list that includes its hostnames and their host IP addresses.
To get the “top hosts” list, click the green “+” button at the top of the list, and you’ll get a list with the top hosts on the website.
You can also add hosts using the filters you’ve added.
For this example, I’m adding a host for our website, www.chicagoarchitecture.com.
So click the “+” at the bottom of the filter and you can see the “Hot Hosts” list.
This will show you the hosts in our site’s hot list.
Then click the “/” icon to add the host, and Flurry will add the “Hosts” filter to the top.
Now, to get a bit more complex, I’ll create a “hosts” filtered list that I’ll call “hotlists.”
I’ll also add the new “host” filter as well, and click “+.”
Now I have a “Hot List” filter that shows all hosts in my “hot” list that have the “example.org” host name.
Then I’ll add the additional “hotlist” filter and click “Add.”
The “+” and “+” buttons in the list will add a new filter and the “+/” icon will add an extra filter.
Click the “+Add” button to add more hosts.
To get a more comprehensive view of the host list filter, we need to add a bunch of filters to the list.
The “hot list” filter, for example, shows all the hosts that have a domain like example.org or example.com or a host name like example://hostname.com .
We can also filter hosts based only on hostnames that contain spaces or “,” characters, for instance, like example,example://host1.example.co.uk or example,host2.example-4.com/hosts.
Flurry has tons of filtering options, and all of them have a lot more options than the “all hosts” or “hothosts.”
So, you can try different filters to see what works best for you, or just keep adding filters until you find the one that works best.
For the sake of simplicity, I won’t be covering every single tool in this post, so I’ll skip most of them.
The full list of Flurry tools can be found on Github.
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