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  • Debate: What’s the Reason For MySpace’s Decline?

    Some argue that MySpace has lost ground to Facebook because of their technology – Microsoft stack – and due to lack of enough talent in Los Angeles, while others opine that it is management’s fault and the departure of many people when the company was acquired by News Corp. in 2006.

  • MySpace Replaces Storage with Solid-State Drive Technology in 150 Standard Load Servers

    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.

  • MySpace Explains How They Use the Concurrency and Coordination Runtime

    Currently MySpace is using CCR on 1,200 middle-tier caching servers, 3,000 web servers, and countless other related projects. In a Channel 9 interview, Principal Architect Erik Nelson and Senior Architect Akash Patel explain how CCR fits into MySpace’s core architecture.

  • Presentation: Behind the Scenes at

    In this presentation filmed during QCon SF 2008, Dan Farino, Chief Systems Architect at MySpace, talked about administering thousands of web servers from a system’s architect viewpoint. He mostly detailed the performance counter monitoring used by MySpace, the system profiler and the system administration site demoing the tools for the audience to see how it works.

  • Interview: Dan Farino About MySpace’s Architecture

    In this interview taken by InfoQ’s Ryan Slobojan, Dan Farino, Chief Systems Architect at MySpace, talks about the system architecture and the challenges faced when building a very large online community. Because MySpace is built almost entirely on the .NET Framework, Dan explains how a .NET product scales on hundreds of servers.

  • What Social Networks Are Teaching Us About Data Portability

    As more social networking sites are popping up, the questions around the data they keep are rising. Data portability has become the watch phrase across the Web 2.0 world. Is there something to be learned about data access and portability from these services?