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LotusFlow3r.com Explodes Onto the Joyent Cloud

The Joyent cloud powers sites for CNN, Visa, the Gap, Major League Baseball, even NASA

Prince launched LotusFlow3r.com. Almost instantly, the traffic exploded. Within hours the site was pushing over 1 Gb/s of traffic. At a sustained rate, that's enough bandwidth to deliver 1.3 Million YouTube videos a day.

The highly interactive, LotusFlow3r.com site was built by associates Scott Addison Clay , Anthony Malzone , Mark McBride and Union Studio. To support a media-heavy site with the ability to scale with the anticipated traffic, owner Scott Addison Clay chose to use Joyent cloud computing.

"As every member of LotusFlow3r.com is able to discover and enjoy many hours of music and videos through a video game style experience, we knew we would need a solution that could serve a massive amount of content securely, yet be flexible to scale as needed. Joyent's cloud allowed us to do all of this without the hassle of a large hardware set up process. Their bandwidth fees are a fraction of a typical CDN, so we welcomed the high volume of traffic." said Clay.

"The Joyent cloud powers sites for CNN, Visa, the Gap, Major League Baseball, even NASA. We power 25% of the daily active application usage on Facebook. We've never seen anything like the kind of instant jump in traffic that showed up as soon as the LotusFlow3r.com site launched" said Joyent's CTO Jason Hoffman .

Within 18 hours after the initial spike, to handle load balancing, advanced traffic management and site caching, Joyent scaled the server configuration from a cluster of 4 Joyent Accelerators and 1 Zeus Accelerator, to a cluster of 8 Joyent Accelerators and 3 Zeus Accelerators.

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