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World's busiest CFML-based web site switches to BlueDragon.NET

New Atlanta has just announced that MySpace.com, the world's busiest ColdFusion-based web site, is switching to BlueDragon.NET. MySpace has experienced tremendous growth over the past year, and is now the fifth busiest site on the Internet--it receives more traffic than Hotmail or Google! As you can imagine, this growth has put a tremendous strain on their ColdFusion servers, exposing problems with performance, reliability, and scalability. The solution to these problems: BlueDragon.NET.

Here are some additional details not found in the press release:

- During testing on their production servers, MySpace measured a 50% reduction in CPU usage on servers running BlueDragon.NET versus their existing ColdFusion servers, with a constant traffic load.

- During production testing, the BlueDragon.NET servers were "rock solid" without a single failure attributable to BlueDragon.

- CFMX was evaluated, and though I wasn't involved in that evaluation, I've been told that CFMX did not match BlueDragon.NET for performance, reliability, and scalability.

Here's how you can find out more:

- Come to the New Atlanta-MySpace keynote address at CFUNITED this Friday afternoon and hear from Peter Amiri, Director of Technical Operations for MySpace.com, how they built the world's largest CFML-based web site, the issues they had, and why they're moving to BlueDragon.NET.

- Come to my presentation at CFUNITED on Wednesday at 2:50 pm, where I'll describe the inherent advantages of BlueDragon.NET versus Java/J2EE-based CFML servers in the areas of performance, reliability, and scalability--the direct issues that caused MySpace to choose BlueDragon.NET.

- Come visit us at our booth at CFUNITED. I'll be there most of the time when I'm not presenting or attending the keynote sessions, as will other members of New Atlanta's technical and sales staff.

- Download BlueDragon.NET and try it yourself.

If you want maximum performance, reliability, and scalability for your CFML applications, you owe it to yourself to try BlueDragon.NET.

Comments (Comment Moderation is enabled. Your comment will not appear until approved.)
Your blog entery is a bit skewed. One thing I'd like to point out is that mySpace was still using CF4.5/5. There is a big "DUH!" factor here when talking about performance increases using newer versions of ColdFusion such as CFMX and .Net

In regards to testing CFMX, unless their existing framework was updated to support the new features of CFMX, that wouldn't be a fair comparison either. Based on some other blog entries (http://www.forta.com/blog/index.cfm?mode=e&ent...)
It also sounds like mySpace had a strained framework, using older code in conjunction with .Net. I would like to see a true test of a complete framework revamp using CFMX or BlueDragon and BlueDragon.NET with some speed comparison checks before I would just accept a blanket performance benefit of a .Net server over a Java based server.
# Posted By Christopher Wigginton | 6/28/2005 11:13 AM
Dang I really should proof what I type before I post. make that "entry"
# Posted By Christopher Wigginton | 6/28/2005 11:15 AM
You're saying the comparision with CFMX isn't fair unless they first rewrite the code? That doesn't make sense.

They took the exact same code and compared it running on CF5, CFMX, and BlueDragon.NET. They chose BlueDragon.NET based on superior performance, reliability, and scalability. It doesn't get much simpler than that.
# Posted By Vince Bonfanti | 6/28/2005 11:26 AM
Vince: First, congratulations.

Second, you've got a boo-boo in your RSS feed... the dates are malformed, with an extra hyphen in the TZ offset.
# Posted By Roger Benningfield | 6/28/2005 11:54 AM
Hi Roger. The date problem is a bug in BlogCFC that's fixed in a later version, but I just haven't had time to upgrade. Maybe after CFUNITED...
# Posted By Vince Bonfanti | 6/28/2005 12:01 PM
Congratulations Vince, I think the stability of BlueDragon is the main advantage over CFMX. Personally, I think CFMX needs alot of improvement on the stability side. We experienced that it takes alot of time, testing and watching CFMX before it is fit to run in production and being able to handle high loads. CFMX tends to go into a continous 100% cpu usage when larger loads need to be handled, even fully patched and hotfixed with all the latest JDBC drivers.

Unfortunately Macromedia does not take this serious enough, especially if you look at the amount of other people having the exact same issue.

CFMX should work rock solid, without the need of spending alot of time on modifying settings. Tuning is for better performance, but not crashing has always been a very weak spot of CFMX.

BlueDragon never crashed on our servers, not even under heavy load and the performance was sublime compared to our CFMX 7 servers.
# Posted By Randy | 6/28/2005 1:43 PM
I came accross this article while researching the technical implications on social networking sites and why some of them failed so fast while others didn't.
Its interesting, that - while everyone doubt'd - you can build indeed "big" websites on MS technology, no one expected.

But, what if they would have reached the size of facebook? Would have that way been capable of reaching such size?
This is the interesting (research) question - maybe one could solve the technical issues, the bigger question in that context is "how may licensing fees would have been paid to MS?" - i promise: no investor like peter thiel would have given money if they would have taken up their old path?
# Posted By Lelala | 1/28/2013 3:16 PM
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