GigaOM » Web 2.0 & Death of the Network Engineer

These days you can add month’s use of a dedicated server for the cost of an hour worth of labor. Focus on what differentiates your product. In some business that’s the network infrastructure. But most startups are not in that business these days. That doesn’t mean you should ignore the design of your network, and not have a plan to scale. But doing so at the expense of developing your core product is premature optimization. Make it work first, have a plan to scale, and focus on that plan when the time comes, not before. There’s a tipping point when it’s smart to optimize your application instead of doubling the number of servers needed to run it. Both extreme denial of the need to understand network optimization and extreme focus on network optimization are silly moves.

GigaOM » Web 2.0 & Death of the Network Engineer


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