Wednesday, 28th January 2009, 14:23:00
Websites providing live video coverage of the inauguration of President Barack Obama could have done better, according to one blogger.
The IT Sneak journal from vnunet.com stated that while most sites "appear to have done pretty well to cope with the massive demand" for live streaming, others failed to provide an unbroken link to the ceremony, with one high-profile portal "stuttering" wildly.
It agreed with Hostway's warning that websites which do not ensure they have enough capacity to cope with such high traffic risk losing visitors to competitors.
In addition, IT Sneak suggested that due to the historic nature of the inauguration, websites perhaps should have expected demand for streaming to be high and prepared accordingly.
The ceremony is thought to have broken records for video streaming around the world, with content delivery network provider Akamai estimating that 7.7 million people watched it simultaneously.
CNN.com alone had its streams watched by 27 million people during the day, with 1.7 million watching at the same time at the ceremony's peak.
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