[FoRK] outsourcing back end

Lucas Gonze lucas.gonze at gmail.com
Wed May 8 09:35:22 PDT 2013


The threshold where you switch over to DIY has to include other costs, such
as coding expenses and the risk that your coding project will fail.

I think Firebase is an interesting technology from the POV that it can lead
to commoditization of the back end.


On Tue, May 7, 2013 at 11:12 PM, Joseph S. Barrera III <joe at barrera.org>wrote:

> E.g. Firebase charges $1/GB/month. Amazon S3 charges $0.10/GB/month at 1
> TB/month. So once you get to 1 TB then you look at switching from Firebase
> to S3.
>
>
> On 5/7/2013 11:08 PM, Joseph S. Barrera III wrote:
>
>> Seems like Firebase is a cloud service (like AWS, etc) plus a lot of
>> clever glue code that makes it easy to get/put data in the back end easily.
>> So it seems like you have to figure out what you are paying for...
>> replicating the glue code is a fixed cost. Firebase will presumably charge
>> you a premium per byte or byte/sec. So maybe start with Firebase and
>> prepare to transition to your own glue code + vanilla cloud if/when you
>> scale large enough.
>>
>> - Joe
>>
>> On 5/7/2013 11:00 PM, Joseph S. Barrera III wrote:
>>
>>> On 5/7/2013 1:49 PM, Lucas Gonze wrote:
>>>
>>> > For example, Backbone on the front, static resources on Heroku, dynamic
>>> > backend resources on Parse.com or Firebase.
>>>
>>> I'm playing with Firebase now. It's interesting to view the big glob of
>>> javascript they use to implement themselves. So far it looks interesting.
>>>
>>> - Joe
>>>
>>> P.S. the demo just rickrolled me. kind of.
>>>
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