Ever since the inception of AnandTech, we've given our readers an inside look at what makes AnandTech.com tick. We think that by exposing what we did, both right and wrong, it might help similar organizations make better decisions about their hardware and software infrastructures. Unlike those commercials that you see on TV, and in some written IT publications, architecting and operating a site of this size is not as easy as throwing some software in and flipping a switch.

Our evolution has had both success and some failure, no different than most any successful IT organization. From our failures come experience in architecting a site that has better up-time, and a very scalable back-end, which also costs less to operate. The latest architecture shift to an ASP.NET based AnandTech has been extremely successful for us. So, we thought that we'd share with you what we've gained thus far after running the new platform for over 6 months. We'll also talk a bit about our architecture, on the software side of the house, to keep you up to date.

Architecting www.anandtech.com
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  • rayon - Sunday, November 28, 2004 - link

    have you guys considered using the Tracing mechanisms of ASP.NET instead of writing your own debugging class?
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  • Hudo - Sunday, November 28, 2004 - link

    What's up with the 2 paragraphs per page anymore? I mean before you know it, they're be one sentence per page?!

    I just found it irritating.

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  • kamper - Sunday, November 28, 2004 - link

    "It was music to our ears that [FuseTalk] decided to port their product to ASP.NET."

    Heh, that sounds a little funny coming from you, Jason. Was it entirely a coincidence?

    Thanks for an interesting and informative article. I think that anyone bashing you for it is probably just jealous of your job ;)
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  • Jason Clark - Sunday, November 28, 2004 - link

    #7 Yep, it wasn't the first time we've had high throughput. We've done 40+ quite a few times, sometimes they last a good portion of the day.

    #10 A comparo between languages is a very very touchy subject. You can easily run into legality issues, especially if the test isn't 100% fair on both sides. The trickier part comes in writing code that identically architected on both sides of the fence. The minute you use an optimized method in one language and not another, the test isn't fair. Here we're just showing from a performance metrics point what we've gained and how scalable we are.

    #4 I'm sorry you took the article that way. We don't write these for any other reason than to let people see what we do, and hopefully learn from it. We are by no means perfect and have made our own fair share of mistakes. Bad code, poor choices in platform, we've been there and done that. We're learning just as much as anyone else in this industry does.
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  • petrusbroder - Sunday, November 28, 2004 - link

    As a regular reader I really enjoy the articles, tests and comments. Sometimes I am just amazed over the fact that the comments tell so much more about the writers themselves.
    It is as if I were in a waiting room where all those who have problems suddenly woke up and - against their normally well developed ability and well defended right to protect their integrity - started "tell and show".
    Every day sombody makes my day. In Sweden we have a saying: "Ett gott skratt förlänger livet" - "a good laugh prolongs the life" - probably I'll get to be at least a 100!

    To the writers of the reviews and articles: thanks, I like your work; not only the contenst but the mix as well.
    To those who comment: I just love it: sometimes because the comments elucidate technical issues, sometimes because the comments prolong my life!
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  • overclockingoodness - Sunday, November 28, 2004 - link

    By competition, you mean get other sites to benchmark their servers (like Toms or Slashdot). I don't think those sites would be interested in this as they have nothing to gain from it. Besides, they would not give access to Jason to their back-end servers to make changes and alter. :)

    I think we are thinking too far ahead. :-)
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  • Reflex - Sunday, November 28, 2004 - link

    I am curious as to what they were using beforehand. I would love to see a 'real world' site such as this compare .NET to some of the competition, although it may be more work than they would be willing to undertake. Reply
  • overclockingoodness - Sunday, November 28, 2004 - link

    #7: Sorry about that. It just annoyed me that people can't appreciate the work AnandTech puts into their articles and all their hard work gets labeled as "kissing your own ass". :)

    #8: Are you saying that you were intentionally trying to be a troll? I don't think it would be boring. People could discuss some things in the comments section without having to read through your and my posts bickering back and forth.
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  • msva124 - Sunday, November 28, 2004 - link

    Without at least one good troll, the comments section for this article would be very boring. Reply
  • Ardan - Sunday, November 28, 2004 - link

    Whoa, easy there tiger (#6). He's stupid, we know, and probably a troll too. No need to get so feisty about it. I'm sure Jason knows we appreciate the articles, since we are always curious just what keeps this site running consistently well :).

    I was surprised that you have used 64Mbit/second of throughput for a few hours once...wow!
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