Sunday, January 27, 2008

The Death of Hardware -

Interesting times...

Hoping to spice up its offerings to a discouraged consumer, Zillow recently recalculated the values on 67 million homes over a 12-year period, a database of figures that took up 4 terabytes of memory. The company figured it would need six months and millions of dollars to make it happen. Instead, Zillow ran the job over the Internet, on 500 computer servers rented from It took only three weeks and cost less than $50,000.

"This is a computer-development playground," says Spencer Rascoff, chief financial officer of 165-employee Zillow.

The Death of Hardware -

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