A Loving Cloud

Yesterday several members of Joyent’s team attended Structure ’08. Jason Hoffman was on a panel that produced some interesting debate about whether clouds should aim to be open. The story was even picked up by the Wall Street Journal’s Don Clark in an article entitled Finding A Friendly Cloud

Jason Hoffman, founder and chief technology officer of a cloud-computing specialist called Joyent, was particularly pointed in warning that Google’s App Engine could represent a lock-in to developers. It is possible to build “a loving cloud,” he argued, that would make it easier to create applications that could be easily moved among different services. Other panelists kept calling Google’s App Engine “proprietary,” which to many techies is equivalent to labeling it both evil and outdated at the same time.

Here’s video of the exchange Jason had with Google’s Christophe Bisciglia

1 Billion Page Views a Month

Here’s a video detailing how LinkedIn built an application (Bumpersticker on the Facebook platform) using Rails (and C Ruby!) that serves up more than 1 billion page views a month.

In my opinion, this ends the debate about whether Rails scales. Rails is a component, it is how the components are architected and delivered that comprises the magic. LinkedIn did amazing work taking advantage of Joyent’s technology stack including innovative ways of leveraging Joyent Accelerators and our BigIP load balancers.

Congratulations to the LinkedIn team. Great accomplishment! You can read more about the how LinkedIn scaled bumpersticker on Joyent in a post on their blog entitled Web Scalability Practices: Bumper Sticker on Rails

View the video.

Update: ZDNet writes about the story.