MySpace Tech Roster

By David F. Carr  |  Posted 2007-01-16 Print this article Print

A mix of time-proven and leading-edge information technologies enables MySpace to support 140 million accounts and more than 38 billion page views a month.

MySpace has managed to scale its Web site infrastructure to meet booming demand by using a mix of time-proven and leading-edge information technologies.
Web application technology Microsoft Internet Information Services, .NET Framework Microsoft
Server operating system Windows 2003 Microsoft
Programming language and environment Applications written in C# for ASP.NET Microsoft
Programming language and environment Site originally launched on Adobe's ColdFusion; remaining ColdFusion code runs under New Atlanta's BlueDragon.NET product. Adobe, New Atlanta
Database SQL Server 2005 Microsoft
Storage area network 3PAR Utility Storage 3PARdata
Internet application acceleration NetScaler Citrix Systems
Server hardware Standardized on HP 585 (see below) Hewlett-Packard
Ad server software DART Enterprise DoubleClick
Search and keyword advertising Google search Google
Standard database server configuration consists of Hewlett-Packard HP 585 servers with 4 AMD Opteron dual-core, 64-bit processors with 64 gigabytes of memory (recently upgraded from 32). The operating system is Windows 2003, Service Pack 1; the database software is Microsoft SQL Server 2005, Service Pack 1. There's a 10-gigabit-per-second Ethernet network card, plus two host bus adapters for storage area network communications. The infrastructure for the core user profiles application includes 65 of these database servers with a total capacity of more than 2 terabytes of memory, 520 processors and 130 gigabytes of network throughput. Source: MySpace.com user conference presentations

David F. Carr David F. Carr is the Technology Editor for Baseline Magazine, a Ziff Davis publication focused on information technology and its management, with an emphasis on measurable, bottom-line results. He wrote two of Baseline's cover stories focused on the role of technology in disaster recovery, one focused on the response to the tsunami in Indonesia and another on the City of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.David has been the author or co-author of many Baseline Case Dissections on corporate technology successes and failures (such as the role of Kmart's inept supply chain implementation in its decline versus Wal-Mart or the successful use of technology to create new market opportunities for office furniture maker Herman Miller). He has also written about the FAA's halting attempts to modernize air traffic control, and in 2003 he traveled to Sierra Leone and Liberia to report on the role of technology in United Nations peacekeeping.David joined Baseline prior to the launch of the magazine in 2001 and helped define popular elements of the magazine such as Gotcha!, which offers cautionary tales about technology pitfalls and how to avoid them.

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