Web hosting companies have been around as long as the Internet, but in recent years as bandwidth has become faster and hardware more commoditized, some hosts have expanded their offerings to include full on servers and network infrastructure. This is the “cloud” we hear of endlessly.
These cloud hosting providers really focus on more than just websites. They offer entire IT infrastructure in the cloud. Gartner took a look at the providers in this space, and what they found is pretty eye opening.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) appears to be light years ahead of the pack. Which is good to know, because Voter Gravity relies almost exclusively on AWS infrastructure. This makes VG faster, more scalable, and gives us more flexibility to implement new features, like our new search engine, which uses Amazon CloudSearch for lighting fast results, even over hundreds of millions of voter records.