The community platform at The New York Times is a PHP-based, multi-tiered application that utilizes MySQL, Apache and Memcached. It was originally hosted on our own internal servers. We recently moved the platform to the cloud in order to increase its flexibility and to better handle high-load events (like links from the Yahoo home page).
Moving an existing application to the cloud presented both organizational and technical challenges. We discuss our adventures in the cloud so far. Topics will include cloud management, auto-scaling and deployment on the cloud.