You must have heard about The Internet map by now. If not, you can take a look at it here. Roughly speaking, the Internet Map displays websites’ location according to users’ behavior. Similar websites visited by the same people are situated close to one another; different websites not having mutual visitors are situated at a considerable distance from each other. The size of a website on the map is determined by its average click rating while the color is defined by belonging to a nationality. You can get a more detailed notion referring to the About section on the website of the Map.

In the present article I would like to tell you how the website of The Internet map is organized, which technologies ensure its normal day-to-day functioning and what steps had to be taken in order to sustain a massive surge of visitors wishing to have a look at the map.

The operability of the Internet Map is enabled by present-day internet-giants’ technologies: the Map’s visual display is powered by Google Maps engine by Google Inc., web query processing is performed with Microsoft’s .net technologies, while Amazon Web Services by Amazon is responsible for hosting and content delivery. All the three components are vital for the Map’s normal operation. With some effort, alternatives can be found, but I am not confident that it will bring much of a benefit.


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