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infrastructure is very expensive to buy and maintain, so smaller companies with fewer users are often forced to do without. Yet in today’s world of web publicity flash storms caused by sites such as Slashdot and Digg, the difference between a web application serving a few dozen users and serving thousands may be no more than a glowing article and a few hours’ time.

Although this kind of attention may be exactly what you hope for, unless you have invested heavily in infrastructure, your application may not survive the onslaught. On the other hand, if you spend too much money on servers, bandwidth, hosting, and the management of all this infrastructure, there will be little left...

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