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FoodDays Technology, What Does It Take?
Q: What's the difference between Tuesday afternoon and Sunday night? A: Sunday night is when we remember to order! There are two overarching goals for the technology behind FoodDays - performance and price. The thing is, both have to win, it's not a battle. FoodDays operates at the thinest end of the price spectrum. Our goal is to help schools and PTOs provide better-than-best lunches to our children as well as make a little in fundraising efforts too. Charging a premium for that isnt compatible with their goals. FoodDays allows busy parents to place orders at any time of the day or night - really 1am is not quiet - and without ever slowing down. Waiting to place orders is not compatible with the needs of the parents. FoodDays has evolved from tape-and-glue to a modern serverless self-managing infrastructure to meet both of those goals. We've always been ahead of the technology curve.
- Version 1 - Homebrew2003
The first version of FoodDays was created as a single page app - fashionable now! It included a simple database and offered the most basic of ordering options but, it worked and, hosted on a computer in my basement, it was better than paper slips.
- New Home - Datacenter 12006
With more features coming along and power in the outer suburbs not being that great and too many late nights cranking up the generator before the batteries went flat began to tire. In 2006 we moved the operation to our first co-location datacenter in the indestructible, undisclosed, secret cable station location on the east coast of New Jersey. Here we had power and networking because, well, if FoodDays had gone down, so would a large portion of the US Internet.
- Data Center 2 - Virtualized2010
As we grew, we needed to off-load the support for the hardware and found ourselves moving to one of the carrier hotels in New York City. Here we had our first taste of virtualization and 100% uptime servers but we still had to manage it ourselves. We did take this opportunity to transition from a traditional database to a more scalable solution from MongoDB.
As we continued to grow, we migrated to a fully managed technology solution at Amazon Web Services. Here we had access to scalable servers and 100% availability.
Starting in 2018 we began to migrate to a fully server-less solution. In todays cloud computing environment services such as compute and database are available in unlimited quantities. We no longer have to run a big server 24/7 just in case a lot of people need it, today we can scale up and down from the power of an iPhone to the that of a datacenter as demand calls for it. We no longer have to think about servers and disks as these are now commodity items, and the best part? The cost has been cut and cut to allow us to meet all of out goals for performance and low price.
And did we mention, FoodDays is free?
All of the tools and features come with all of our programs, we only change a small percentage of the sales – about the same as high street credit card processing fees alone – to provide everything! With no credit card fees, no contracts, no minimums, no hosting or support fees, no monthly charges, no setup or exit fees and unlimited administrators, parents and schools, you can sell one slice of pizza or serve lunch everyday. What have you got to lose? Give us a try.
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