Lightweight Models And Cost Effective Scalability

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.dd

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 black out

Wikipedia overviw:

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.EnwikipediaGom
  • 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.


6 comments on “Lightweight Models And Cost Effective Scalability

  1. Great post Danah,
    I think Wikipedia would have to be one of the top sites that has has a solid rate of expansion out-lasting a fair number of websites with the same business model.
    Keep up the good work,

  2. Hey there Danah 🙂

    Great post! Wikipedia is a great website that I go to daily just to get information. Wikipedia provides information about a range of topics that people find interesting and useful.

    I remember that at some stage Wikipedia had a “blackout” in protest to SOPA and PIPA and according to this article ( around 162 million people were affected. It just goes to that people all around the world visit Wikipedia sites almost daily.

  3. Thanks for a great post Danah. I agree that Wikipedia is a great example of this pattern for light-weight models and scalability.

    I mentioned on my post that Wikipedia started out as Nupedia which was a failure. I think that is a good example of the best practice to fail fast so you could add that to your pattern info.

    You’ll find the link on my post here:

  4. Hey Danah,

    Thank you for sharing this valuable information with us. I totally agree with you that Wikipedia is doing great currently. It built its reputation and developed it from beeing an unreliable resource to one of the well known resource on the web. As I belevie that this happened mainly because of the Lieght-weight Model as you mentioned in here.

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