Microsoft has announced a new family of virtual machines called D-Series that offers better memory, CPU and faster I/O. With this Azure joins the club of elite IaaS providers with SSD backed storage.
Mozilla is scaling websites from thousands to hundreds of millions of users through simple scaling patterns they have learned internally according to Brandon Burton, web operations engineer at Mozilla. The lessons learned include caching, scaling out web servers, asynchronous jobs, and databases.
MySpace and Fusion-io recently announced they are working together to reduce datacenter operations costs. Using Fusion-io's ioDrive SSDs, MySpace replaced 150 standard load servers, and reduced their number of heavy load servers from 80 to 30. Overall a reduction of 51% in server footprint was achieved, and MySpace will replace over 1700 of their remaining 2U servers as they reach end-of-life.