I am in the process of planning a venture related to a social web application targeted towards a very specific user group.
I need your help to do cost analysis of hosting my web application (on the servers).
Some information for this:-
linkedin.com. The application is viral in nature(spreads by users invites).
Let me know in case you need any more information.
@aklin81: Your question is, I'm sorry to say, not possible to answer. You're basically asking "how long is piece of string", to which there is no answer only another question. This will be completely dependent on:
I can offer a few pointers / things to think about:
Sorry, but if you need exact numbers, then you will have to measure your application performance, and do some elementary school math on load and resources required.
We've just brought up a site using Amazon Web Service, specifically the auto scaling and load balancing.
The advantage is that is you have few users the cost is low, but if there's a spike it easy to configure to bring up resources to copy with the spike. The time it took to bring the system up was trivial, compared to trying to do it ourselves, we balanced higher processing costs against an order of magnitude improvement in time to market (although this is specific to us, it's unlikely to help you that much).
The only thing I would say is if you get to a point where the costs start to mount up, think about which parts really require the Amazon high availability and which don't.
The great thing, of course, is if you have high server costs, it means you have a lot of users (or a terrible architecture :) ), so you should either by generating money or have a business case to get burn-money funding.