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There is a new web site in Europe that displays European history of the arts. If you were to enter MOZART as a search query it would return 110 hits letting you listen to recordings and see other artifacts relevant to your query. Apparently the site is so popular that 10 million hits per hour is bringing down the site. (h**p://europeana.eu/portal/).

Just out of curiosity what would TCH require to host a site this large or is this something that a company like google with their resources have to handle. Would it take hundred of thousands servers and a huge "pipe" of bandwith to keep up with demand?

They say that by mid December they should have resources up to handle the demand. This is making headlines around the globe so I just thought I would propose this question

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Just out of curiosity what would TCH require to host a site this large or is this something that a company like google with their resources have to handle. Would it take hundred of thousands servers and a huge "pipe" of bandwith to keep up with demand?

 

Mega sites like that are not hosted in one location. Content is cached in servers all over the world, close to the internet backbone. A commercial service like Akamai can do that for you. Putting all that traffic to one physical bottleneck is too risky. There are some articles on Google data centers, they are fascinating to read (at least the ones that have real details).

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