HOW TO: Prevent a Zombie Apocalypse From Taking Down Your Website

Nathan Imperiale

Category: Development

05.20.2011

Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a blog post with information on how to prepare and survive a Zombie Apocalypse. The blog post, entitled “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse,” was so popular that the CDC blog crashed and was offline for a significant period of time. But, in the midst of all the laughing, AdWeek raised a very good point yesterday: If a tongue-in-cheek blog post results in the CDC website crashing, what would happen if an epidemic broke out and millions of Americans rushed to get information from the CDC? Our crack team of web engineers has a solution.

Using cloud-based hosting solutions and caching services, the CDC (or any other organization expecting massive traffic spikes) can implement a scalable solution that will withstand massive amounts of traffic. As part of our strategy, we utilize a combination of caching, cloud-based asset storage and load balancing systems which provide an organized structure on which to build our clients websites. We recommend Rackspace cloud hosting, Amazon S3 and Amazon CloudFront as good base toolset.

We’re always available to help tailor a hosting solution to meet the needs of any client preparing for a zombie apocalypse or an influx of Justin Bieber fan traffic.

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