The blogosphere is abuzz over Six Apart's acquisition of Danga Interactive, the operators of the popular LiveJournal blogging service. Amid the debates about blog culture and whether online diaries will be "monetized," little has been said about a key driver of the deal - the hosting backend, where Six Apart hopes to leverage LiveJournal's experience scaling a Perl-based hosting architecture to maximize revenue-per-server.
Six Apart publishes Movable Type and operates the paid blog hosting service TypePad. LiveJournal is a free blog service based on open source code with more than 2.5 million active accounts, with the majority of its users between the ages of 14 and 22. About 860,000 of those blogs are updated at least once a week.