Mitch Betts has written an interesting story about how Ancestry.com is preparing its systems for the 1940 census. The company learned its lesson two years ago from a huge spike in website traffic during the TV show "Who Do You Think You Are." Ancestry.com had prepared for a 300 percent spike in traffic from TV viewers, but that wasn't enough. This time, they company's systems personnel believe they are ready for the increased load.
One statistic caught my eye: Ancestry.com has nearly 5,000 servers at its data center.
Of particular interest (I think) is the last paragraph of the story, which mentions that the company plans to add socio-economic data in the future to provide more color and context to the usual genealogy facts. That should allow us to learn more about our ancestors' lives than ever before.
You can read the article in CIO.com at http://goo.gl/Mc1zr
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