How Bleacher Report is preparing for Olympic-sized web traffic

Bleacher Report is the third-most visited sports website in the U.S., behind massive brands ESPN and Yahoo Sports (both backed by huge corporations). You don’t get to millions of monthly visitors and peak traffic of 80,000 page requests a minute by ignoring scalability. But the soon-to-be-live 2012 London Olympics promises to triple the independent site’s pageviews.

Using cloud services? 40% of you aren’t ready for the next outage

Last week a fairly minor Amazon cloud outage knocked popular Q&A site Quora and part of Salesforce.com offline. Service quality at web giants Pinterest and Dropbox was affected. It was a fairly minor incident compared to last year’s multi-day meltdown that took out Foursquare, Reddit, Scvngr, and others. But it was a good wake-up call: What are you doing to prepare your services for the next cloud failure?

How Israeli cloud management startup NewVem is cutting its clients’ Amazon Web Service bills by 25%

There are very few tech startups these days that don’t rely, in whole or in part, on Amazon Web Services. The power of the elastic cloud means small startups with limited resources and employees can scale quickly to great size. Many startups that build on AWS, like Tumblr, continue to use the service when they reach web scale, serving up billions of pageviews each month.