Periodically Woot announces a “Woot-Off”
Woot.com needed a solution that would not require a massive investment in additional hardware, software and support. The Amazon Web Services business model of pay-as-you-go capacity-on-
Using the flexible caching configuration of the aiCache software, Woot accomplished a caching ratio of 96%. This means that while thousands of requests a second are fulfilled by aiCache, barely any load trickles through to Woot's datacenter.
Woot now uses their load balancer to move all Woot-off traffic from their datacenter to the aiCache instances in the the cloud. Once complete, they scale back the instances on Amazon reducing the cost.
"With less than a day's work total, we were able to configure aiCache for use during Woot-Offs. Our site stays up under the crush, and we've saved quite a bit on hardware purchases and time spent optimizing."
Woot.com was Founded by electronics wholesaler Matt Rutledge Woot debuted on July 12, 2004 quickly becoming one of the Internets most successful sites.
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