Last week my good friend Jonathan Klein at Etsy published a blog about the latest performance achievements at Etsy.
I have always been a big fan of Etsy’s IT team, they are very transparent about their performance achievements and their development process. Jonathan drove the same kind of transparency and knowledge sharing at Wayfair. When he joined Etsy, it was a match made in “Web Performance Heaven”.
Jonathan’s data was very impressive, so I decided to take a look at it myself from outside their organization. I like to keep an eye on my favorite companies through Catchpoint and see how their performance evolves over time.
Etsy’s improvements are quite amazing, and clearly benefits their end users. You can see a big change on September 25:
This performance accomplishment clearly shows that in order to achieve great web performance, you have to focus not only Front End development, but also on hardware, network, and even datacenter location. (See Web Performance Pixie Dust.)
Etsy’s hardware upgrade lowered the “Wait” time (or First Byte Time) variability that occurred by “hour of day” and “day of week” . It made their system more resilient and less prone to worst performance during busy hours.
Kuddos to the Etsy team!
Mehdi – Catchpoint