Christmas puts heavy demand on Allrecipes.com’s data centre

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Unless you’re a data centre administrator at popular holiday web sites such as Allrecipes.com, which must ensure their infrastructure is ready to contend with a seasonal spike in traffic.

According to a report from Networkworld, Thanksgiving and Christmas are peak traffic times for the recipe web site, as millions prepare for elaborate home-cooked meals. The site’s traffic went from its usual one million page views/hour to 2.2 million in the lead-up to Thanksgiving, and another major spike is expected for Christmas.

New servers, virtualization technology and traffic shaping are among the steps the company has taken to handle the deluge. Click below to learn more.

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