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Say what you will about the future of MySpace as a social media platform, but it does continue to teach us a thing or two about building a web infrastructure. Its decision to utilize Fusion-io’s flash storage proves that high performance and energy efficiency are not mutually exclusive. Google and other companies are demonstrating how to achieve efficiency via unique cooling methods, stripped-down servers and the like, but MySpace is one of the first to demonstrate quantitatively the webscale savings of flash storage. Saving $120,000 per year on energy costs while getting far better storage performance is a compelling argument, and we should thank MySpace for going public with its story.