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I read a comment from one of the sysadmins (alienth?) saying their main bottlenecks were I/O.

With all of Reddit's past problems with AWS and EBS (https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2339214, https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2469838, ), I figured they would haved jumped to Google Compute Engine by now, which has much better IO all around (http://gigaom.com/2013/03/15/by-the-numbers-how-google-compu...).

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