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Obvious Mistakes Caused Europeana Site Failure

Nov 26, 2008, 16:03 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Meller)

"Nevertheless, he points out that the Web host felt the initial estimate of hits per hour, around 3 million, was far too ambitious, and urged the Europeana team to lower its expectations. Instead of buying proper load balancers to handle the Web site traffic, the host used virtual, software-based load balancers, which are far less reliable, but are a good deal cheaper.

""We recommended hardware load balancers, but it's a question of money," said Sjoerd Siebinga, one of Europeana's developers. "We didn't have a budget to buy hardware," he said. A pair of proper load balancers cost around 30,000 to 40,000 euros."

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