Live Blogging with Amazon S3
Yesterday’s live blogging of the WWDC keynote was a big success. Within the span of about 2 hours we received 20k visitors. Tyler did a great job of posting text and photo updates as they happened, thanks to his Verizon Wireless V740 ExpressCard.
Our main objective was to test the viability of using S3 as a platform for live blogging of events. Having watched sites like Mac Rumors struggle with this kind of service, we were curious to see how Amazon Web Services would handle the load, and how much it would cost.
- 7 pictures
- 130 text posts
- 20k visits
- 50k pageviews to the page
- 5M requests – this includes the 15 second content refresh and the images.
- 47GB of transfer
- content was 17k, images were 200k.
Cost for the event: $10.
Macrumorslive did a fantastic job this year, my reference above was to previous events by many sites where providing this type of service has been a challenge. Macrumors is currently using Amazon web services, and they have handled up to 390,000 visitors with their current system. Great job!