Who can consult with me on scaling and architecture?

I’d love to pay someone who has serious scaling experience to talk with
me about how to plan for scaling.

I’m developing a network of applications in Rails that could see tens of
millions of users. I’m in way over my head, so I’d like to talk to
someone who’s been through it before. I want to know:

  • how to architect applications to scale smoothly
  • how to manage the growth in hardware
  • whether it’s a bad idea to go with Rails at all.

I’m not really sure where to start looking though. Are there people or
companies in the community who consult on these topics?

And while we’re on it, are there companies that offer part-time sysadmin
services for Rails stacks?

you could try and start looking for something like this:

If I were in your shoes (and had at least some money to spend, which it
sounds like you do) I would get some consulting from
http://www.engineyard.com/ and/or http://www.rightscale.com/, at the

(Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with either company, and in fact have
never done business with them. Just know them by reputation.)


Could you tell me in detail that, what kind of applications you are
interested in?

Thanks & Regards,
Shahroon Ali K.