Web Performance Implications: Podcasters and iTunes 4.9

Geek News Central is reporting that their server is getting crushed with all the new iTunes 4.9 users. You had to know this would happen. People have heard the buzz and want to hear what it’s all about.
From a Web performance perspective, podcasts are hellish: large, uncompressible binary files. At least they are able to come along a single TCP connection. But at 10MB+ per file, iTunes is going to fill a lot of pipes, and max a number of bandwith caps.
Multicast streaming was supposed to alleviate this issue; podcasting is just going to make Web performance worse…or at least more noisy.
Now, how will the content distribution networks react? They are likely the only source that can help people relieve their load. The CORAL CDN Project is one source for open-source content distribution.
All in all, Web 2.0 is shaping up to be a bandwidth hog.


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