How MaxCDN Saved the Harry Jerome Track Meet

The Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Track Classic was held on July 1 and part of the National Track League.  The NTL is a point based grand prix series with stops in Edmonton, Halifax, Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria.  The 2013 meet celebrated its 30 year tradition, rain or shine. (Yes, sometimes we have rain in Vancouver)

The website demand for last year’s Harry Jerome International Track Classic was so great, it crashed the server.

People were checking the website for the schedule, the start lists, the live results, and the link to the live video stream supplied by FloTrack.

And why not?

When you have stars like Ashton Eaton, Khadevis Robinson, Duane Solomon, Andrew Wheating, and Matt Centrowitz, you know you’ll get thousands upon thousands of visitors at once checking out the website.

What I did was employ the same content delivery network (CDN) as to mirror the server around the world, using MaxCDN.   You can get a 25% coupon code here.  This is not an affiliate link, and I do not profit from this.

If you have a website, and aren’t using a CDN, then good luck when your article hits the front page of the Huffingtom Post and get hammered with traffic.

Here is a sample of some of the peer cities and their popularity:

MaxCDN Pull Zone cities

So depending on where you live, you would reach one of the mirrored servers, and not the main one.

As well, it speeds up the user experience for your readers around the world.  I surf my own site from Europe and it’s lightning fast. (Yes, I do get my own popup once in a while)

I am glad to report our server for the 2013 edition of the Harry Jerome International Track Classic had 100% uptime with no frustrated readers like last year.

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