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Re: Sun Project Blackbox / Portable Data Center

  • From: Simon Lyall
  • Date: Sun Oct 14 07:08:43 2007

On Sun, 14 Oct 2007, Andy Davidson wrote:
> I understand what Lorell means - the web 2.0 scaling model is to
> throw resources, rather than intelligence at your bottlenecks.

I think this is a little hard. Just about all the Web 2.0 presentations I
see have a big bit that says that how they had to redesign and rearchitect
each time their customer level increased by a factor or 10 or so. The
newer companies are learning from this and implementing scaling from the

Most of these companies are less than a dozen people and sometimes go from
nothing to "Top 1000" site in months or a year or two. The aim these days
is to make sure you can do that.

Take a look at Pages 8-11 of this ( ppt -> flash presentation):

These people don't care about power, space, aircon and bandwidth problems.
They just buy off others companies (eg Amazon) who specialise in those
problems and charge the Web 2.0 companies what it costs them to solve.

As for where the Blackboxes will be used, It'll be where companies want
servers in place in weeks or months and existing datacenters are full or
in the wrong place. Think of a building full of people processing
insurance claims in India or a cluster delivering video on demand in each
Asian city with more than 500,000 people.

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