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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  • overclockingoodness - Sunday, November 28, 2004 - link

    msva124 (#3 and #4): Are you stupid or something? What's wrong with telling us about the back-end of AnandTech? I guess you would call it "kissing your own ass" when AnandTech gets exclusive products, months before they are released in the market. You read the whole article, didn't you? You knew what the article was going to be about? Why in the hell did you read it you moron?

    By the way, Jason didn't call himself an architect. He meant that he will have new functionality to build into the website (which also means architect). It seems like you dropped out of school a little bit early. Why don't you go ahead and get your diploma and once you are educated, you can come discuss things with us.

    I can't believe where these trolls come from. Are you just jealous that you can't even dream about some of the stuff AnandTech has? It's okay, go cry to your mommy.

    Seriously, awesome work Jason. And please do another article soon as we call as see msva124 die of jealousy.
  • michaelpatrick33 - Sunday, November 28, 2004 - link

    Gee msva124 I didn't realize that website creator(s) weren't allowed to talk about their own process. I guess you don't believe in people having their own personal websites and sharing anything about their own websites either. Great info and great job Jason and please keep informing us of your "architect" process for we know you are using the English language in a symbolic manner to rightly show your pride in your accomplishments Reply
  • msva124 - Sunday, November 28, 2004 - link

    And I love the way you call yourself an "architect". Reply
  • msva124 - Sunday, November 28, 2004 - link

    Thankfully, not many other websites dedicate so much time to kissing their own asses. Reply
  • Marlin1975 - Saturday, November 27, 2004 - link

    I think its Opterons, Quad maybe? Reply
  • JustAnAverageGuy - Saturday, November 27, 2004 - link

    Nice summary :)

    Might be worth mentioning what kind of hardware you had for the scalability test.

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