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What’s the link between Apple, gdgt and Rackspace? Apple releases new innovative products; gdgt shares the latest news with millions of visitors; Rackspace Cloud Sites ensures that gdgt’s site ...

What’s the link between Apple, gdgt and Rackspace? Apple releases new innovative products; gdgt shares the latest news with millions of visitors; Rackspace Cloud Sites ensures that gdgt’s site stays up and running so that Apple fans can get the latest info.

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    Rackspace powers gdgt, handles 55 million page requests for iPhone 5 event Rackspace powers gdgt, handles 55 million page requests for iPhone 5 event Document Transcript

    • Rackspace Powers gdgt, Handles 55 Million PageRequests for iPhone 5 EventFiled in Partner & Customer Updates by Tarun Bhatti | September 12, 2012 5:13 pmWhat’s the link between Apple, gdgt and Rackspace? Apple releases new innovative products; gdgt shares the latestnews with millions of visitors; Rackspace Cloud Sites ensures that gdgt’s site stays up and running so that Applefans can get the latest info.Today, the world was watching when Apple announced the new iPhone 5. Millions of fans wanted to get a sneakpreview of this cool new gadget. However, since Apple doesn’t broadcast this event live, fans turn to gdgt’s liveblog for photos and updates from the announcement. gdgt handled over 55 Million page requests in a matter of threehours. Here are more details and numbers on the traffic that flowed through their site today: Total Traffic Served – Approximately 55 Million page hits Peak Traffic – Approximately 90K concurrent visitors Traffic Time frame – Approximately 3 hours [1] Traffic on gdgt in Hits per Minute During iPhone 5 EventIf you have ever managed a server during a traffic spike, you know that along with the excitement of traffic comesthe pain of having to handle it on your own. To get help with the traffic onslaught, gdgt depends on RackspaceCloud Sites to keep their site up and running. In fact, this is not the first time Rackspace handled such huge amountof traffic for gdgt. During a previous iPhone 4S and new iPad launch, gdgt handled 55 Million page requests inmatter of few hours.
    • [2] TCP Connections on gdgt Site During iPhone 5 EventBefore the event, the people from gdgt and Rackspace worked together to prepare for this kind of traffic. While gdgtensures that their code is highly optimized, Rackspace ensures that we have all the infrastructure resources that theywill need. We also follow our best practices for high traffic events – including hosting images on Cloud Files. Hereare some of the stats on infrastructure that was used: # of web servers – 59 # of load balancers – 5The event ran so smoothly that Ryan Block of gdgt gave Rackspace a shoutout on the gdgt Live Blog at the end ofthe event: [3]It takes a lot of hard work from both the customer and Rackspace to make these high traffic events a success. AtRackspace, we make sure that gdgt doesn’t have to worry about their server performance or downtime so that theycan do what they do best: bring you the latest information on all the coolest technology!Be sure to find out more information about gdgt along with a video featuring Co-founder Ryan Block. Looking forbest practices for optimizing your site on Rackspace Cloud Sites for a high traffic event? Check out this knowledgecenter article for more info!Endnotes: 1. [Image]: http://ddf912383141a8d7bbe4- e053e711fc85de3290f121ef0f0e3a1f.r87.cf1.rackcdn.com/gdgt%20iphone%205%20traffic%20hits.png 2. [Image]: http://ddf912383141a8d7bbe4-
    • e053e711fc85de3290f121ef0f0e3a1f.r87.cf1.rackcdn.com/gdgt%20iphone%205%20traffic%20connections.png 3. [Image]: http://live.gdgt.com/live-iphone-5-launch-coverage/Source URL: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/rackspace-powers-gdgt-handles-55-million-page-requests-for-iphone-5-event/Copyright ©2012 The Official Rackspace Blog unless otherwise noted.