By John | March 2, 2008
A phrase that is used in the new SEO world is “Slashdotted,” which is also referred to as the Slashdot Effect. Last Thursday, the meta-blog site called Reddit somehow put my Top 10 Worst Captchas on its top 25 first page. By 9 am, I had 7k views on that one blog. By the end of the day, I topped out at 28k views, and I had 50k views on my site in a two-day period. I recently moved this blog site over to Mosso’s cloud service, and I can tell you that my old Amazon EC2 would never have survived this hit. I was previously running a single-instance EC2, and the single apache server that I had would have not withstood 50k views in two days, and neither would the back end single MySql DB. Now, if I had invested in building a clustered solution with some autonomics on EC2 or used someone like Rightscale, the site probably would have been ok. The reason I moved to Mosso, however, is that I am not in the cluster building and infrastructure business, at least not for this blog site. Also, without built-in autonomics, whic Mosso has, I would have been guessing all day Thursday and Friday trying to figure out when the madness was going to stop. In fact, I am still averaging 10k hits a day from that stupid blog.
The good news is that not only was the complete incident worry free and hands off for me, but I am also not going have to pay any extra for the increased usage (it’s built into Mosso’s $100 per month fee). By the way, the next time someone tells you that Amazon is cheaper than Mosso, bull. I was paying around $100 per month for Amazon as well, and my costs for Amazon would have at least doubled for last week’s incident. Mosso has a unique cloud structure that automatically adjusts to situations like this one. The bottom line is that, when I talked to Mosso about switching my service, I told them that we could talk all day about who is better but that the proof will be in the service delivery. Well, end of story: for my simple blog site, Mosso is definitely the best cloud for me.
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