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October 10, 2007 - by grassonthefield
Here are the slides from my panel with Jeff Barr of Amazon Web Services at the Graphing Social Patterns conference. We were surprised we are more than competitive to Amazon Web Services for real world web applications that actually have actual users (i.e. not just a proof-of-concept). In the slides, we profile a top 50 Facebook application costing $3000 per month (an actual customer). I’ve used the calculator on Amazon Web Services’ site and the same traffic and compute costs more than $30,000 on Amazon. Please check. For an emerging application (“long tail”) we show an application running on a large Joyent Accelerator (=$125/month) costing more than $200 on Amazon Web Services. As I said, please check our math. Kudos to Amazon for evangelizing the idea of on-demand infrastructure. But these real-world examples show Amazon Web Services has some significant work to do to offer customers actual cost benefits. Joyent offers those benefits today. Please check our math. Maybe Amazon could bundle free shipping with that…