Facebook Elastic Compute Cloud

Some ideas are just way too obvious and Joyent’s Free Accelerator (on-demand infrastructure for Facebook application hosting) is one of them…

Facebook Elastic Compute Cloud

I was never a big fan of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). I did not see a real need for it and it doesn’t even fit into retailer’s business model. Amazon EC2 “enables users to increase or decrease capacity within minutes, not hours or days”. But the growth of majority of web applications can be handled by additional hardware and faster connectivity. And even though the occasional traffic spikes caused by Slashdot or Digg can turn any site inaccessible for a day or two I am not sure it can justify a paradigm shift in the hosting platform.

But after spending a few weeks on Facebook I’ve completely changed my mind. You don’t need to build a user community on Facebook. Your users are already there and if you are lucky or smart (or both) enough to catch their attention with a new application you can see a dramatic increase in web traffic overnight. Being able to “obtain and configure capacity with minimal friction” may actually be your only option before the users go somewhere else.

Does it mean that Facebook should buy EC2 from Amazon.com and integrate it more tightly with the Facebook Platform? I believe so. It would make a lot of sense…

WOW: It is Facebook and not Vista that makes me speechless

I joined Facebook a few days ago and I am currently “searching for words“. Here are some of the reasons why:

Networks: HP network has close to 9000 members. Facebook maybe already more useful and user friendly than the internal HP employee portal.
Platform: There are 1,200 applications in the Application directory.
Content: Facebook has “community first, content second” approach but it will very likely become a serious competitor to YouTube soon (there is 8.5 million photos uploaded daily…)

There are other reasons why I like Facebook and I am sure I will write more about my experience with this social networking site.

PS. Here is link to may Facebook profile: