How the Top Social Games Scale on the Cloud

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This session will focus on best practices for scaling websites on the cloud using real-world case studies, including examples of how some of the top social games have used cloud computing to enable rapid, cost-effective growth. Thorsten von Eicken, CTO of RightScale, will tap his experience working with RightScale’s customers, which include the top 3 social media companies running 10/12 of the top Facebook games. Issues that he will address include:

*How to evaluate when you no longer needs to purchase computing resources, but rather, can build a businesses on the cloud: cost breakdown of on-demand computing versus traditional solutions

*How to best use cloud computing to save both financial and compute resources by scaling up or down to meet demand without a large capital outlay or having to maintain idle capacity.

*How to deploy and manage a massive number of servers on the cloud with a minimal number of sys admin support

*What are the benefits of portability and being able to deploy across multiple clouds

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Thorsten von Eicken

RightScale, Inc

Thorsten von Eicken is the chief technology officer (CTO) and a founder of RightScale and is responsible for the overall technology direction of the RightScale Cloud Management Platform. Previously, von Eicken was founder and chief architect at Expertcity (acquired by Citrix Online), where he directed the architecture of the company’s online services, including the popular GoToMeeting service. He also managed the Expertcity/Citrix data center operations, where he acquired deep knowledge in deploying and running secure, scalable online services. Mr. von Eicken was a professor of Computer Science at Cornell University and he received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • Strangeloop
  • Yahoo! Inc.
  • Dyn Inc.
  • Facebook
  • Schooner Information Technology
  • Tilera
  • AlertSite
  • AppDynamics
  • Aptimize
  • CDNetworks
  • Circonus
  • Cloudscaling
  • Clustrix
  • Coradiant
  • Dell
  • DTO Solutions
  • MaxiScale
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  • Nokia
  • NorthScale, Inc.
  • Shopzilla
  • Splunk
  • Virident
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