I thought I would write here to remove my previous post. Nice to be back here once in a while and lots of things changed... including me
Hows life guys?
Spot: The Magic Man DepartsThere was a period of time in the life of deviantART where enormous pressure was placed on our team for an extended period of time that exceeded the concept of high stress, commitment, determination and above average will.Spot: The Magic Man Departs by spyed
In some circles it is recognized that start-up companies go through perhaps their most challenging pains in year two and three. If you've made it that far in a start-up, the idea is good, the business has reached some amount of validation and what you're left with is the challenge and responsibility of seeing it through its most formative years.
At deviantART we faced this challenge with no outside capital, we relied entirely upon our gracious and hugely supportive and loyal community to help us through the most trying of times. And to be blunt we relied upon and tested the raw guts of our core leaders in the company to take charge of a few critical areas and to perform for deviantART above and beyond any other responsibilities.
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Quick Update RE: TIMEOUTS My ThoughtsQuick Update RE: TIMEOUTS by spyed
We're fully aware of the timeout issue that has been plaguing the site over the past week and it has been getting increasingly worse.
As per the post I wrote a while back regarding a large server order, all of those servers have been received and installed and put in to production. This issue we are facing today is as a result of the *NEW* massive increase in demand due to the servers we put in to place.
This is the ongoing issue with deviantART. The growth curve is very fast, demand on the servers increases exponentially and hardware requirements are also exponential.
In other words, 1 server = X traffic. 2 servers does NOT equal 2X traffic. 100 servers = X traffic, 200 servers = 1.4X traffic or so. The bigger the site gets, the more it costs to serve each individual user.
Our mission is to remain a privately held company, we feel that taking a financing round under typical terms would seriously impair our ability to properly serve the community and would p