Nowadays, there are many open source operating systems, web servers, programming frameworks, databases, and content management systems. These open source helps businesses to create application servers with low cost instead of spend to much on services of a technical expert and hardware. Businesses simple products able to hit the market in short timeframe with minimum effort and cost through the free tools at the beginning and continue growing in the future by applying the last pattern defined by Tim O’Reilly at Web 2.0 conference “lightweight models and cost effective scalability”, which is our topic discussion today.
What does Lightweight Models And Cost Effective Scalability mean?
One of the distinction between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 is that, Web 1.0 concentrate in infrastructure and workers because they believe “doing more is the best” thought which cost lots of money, time, and effort. While Web 2.0 outsource manpower and infrastructure if necessary, it applied “doing less is better” approach.
Agile software-devel- opment techniques are ideally suited to support rapid release cycles, so they have a readiness for change. Integrate lightweight development and deploy- ment processes as complements to the perpetual beta. Combine this with low-cost, commodity components to build a scalable, fault-tolerant opera- tional base. Tim and John
To demonstrate Lightweight Models and Cost Effective Scalability in the real world, I have chosen Wikipedia the most widespread public web reference work.
Wikipedia is a collaboratively edited, multilingual, free Internet encyclopaedia supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Wikipedia
Wikipedia was established by Larry Sanger and Jimmy Wales in 2001. It has 26 million articles in 286 languages that can be edited by others by access to Wikipedia site. On Alexa Wikipedia is the sixth globally website and it has 365 million readers in everywhere..
Wikipedia applied Lightweight Models And Cost Effective Scalability :
- Scale with demand: Since Wikipedia established in 2001, has grown quickly to become one of the largest sites on the Internet and to attract more than 86 million visitors per month in 2012. Wikipedia provides free service to the users and it has small number of employee approximately 66 while the rest are volunteers to keep the costs down. As we said before is a non-profit organization and the goal of this organization is to encouraging “the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual content, and to providing the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge”.
- Syndicate business models: Articles in Wikipedia written by online authors without pay, they practice cooperation in writing. Visitors do not need any qualifications to participate in Wikipedia, and therefore a lot of contributors from various ages and backgrounds cultural.
- Provide outsource infrastructure, function, and expertise: Wikimedia know they does not have a operational, technological and financial infrastructure and it have to operate in developing operational and technology systems in order to meet the readers needs.Wikimedia Movement Strategic
- Market Virally: Wikipedia has clear viral growth over the years as displayed in the graph.
- Design for scale: Wikipedia is designed as simple platform for writing articles and its design allowed to the users to control the content by added or edit it in any time. Wikipedia scaled to almost 3 million entries.
- Fail Fast, Scale Fast: this encyclopaedia site is doing what they can to stay scalable. However they requires to improve the user experience and innovate greater tools to creat collaborative content, that needs to raise fundraising and technical investment
In conclusion, lightweight models and cost effective scalability is important rule to help Web 2.0 startups to success. However, if you want to write a new topic, or you’re puzzled about what you write, just check out the topics proposed by Wikipedia and I hope you’ve enjoyed by reading my post.