It turns out that seven years ago today I started my trial project with Automattic. I know this because that is when I signed up for user id 23314024 on WordPress.com
My official Automatticversary – as we call the day you became a full time employee – is not until mid-July, but this notification inspired me to be a bit nostalgic. It also happens to fall on the week of my 40th birthday.
My trial project was building a prototype Elasticsearch system (version 0.16 IIRC) so we could search across our internal p2s (disclaimer: no longer what p2 looks like). At the time there were 291k posts and comments across our 89 p2s and MySQL search was no longer working well. There are now almost 2.8m posts and comments across 639 p2s and Elasticsearch is continuing to do pretty well.
We now have six Elasticsearch clusters the largest of which had 6,782,578,164 posts in 2625 shards a few seconds ago. Those clusters have about 850 separate indices that are powering over 66 different use cases. Pretty exciting and humbling how much the company’s usage has grown.
If you are looking to get in on the Search Wrangling fun, then we are hiring. We have a ton of challenging search and relevancy problems to tackle.