I was reading this post on the Instagram buyout by Facebook today and it got me to thinking about the benefits of the cloud, DevOps, horizontal scalability (one of my favorites), and well thought out architectures and monitoring.
One of the more interesting things about the $1 billion purchase price is that Instagram has 13 employees and 35 million users. That's just so crazy to me. It also ends up being yet another argument against the "bigger box" method of solving scalability issues. Eventually you cannot simply add more RAM to fix things. Trying to solve your problems that way is like trying to solve world hunger by breeding a single, giant cow.