143.228.0.0/16 and house.gov

Jean-François Mezei jfmezei at vaxination.ca
Thu Oct 2 16:11:35 CDT 2008


William Allen Simpson wrote:

> But I can dig and traceroute.  I'm pretty sure this isn't an ideal (or
> standard conforming) setup.  But it shouldn't have been swamped, as seems to
> be akamaized.


I don't have traceroutes kept, but during that night when Pelosi
announced the bill was available for all to download, I tried to get to
that page and it was extremely slow. Doing a traceroute didn't *seem* to
end at an akamai point. My memory could be in error.

Question:

Is it possible to setup an akamai feed in hours once you know your
website is to be swamped ?

Obviously, the system managers there might not have been warned in
advance that the politicians would place a huge load on their servers.
But once they realised it, is it conceivable that they quickly setup an
akamai feed ?  Or is that something which takes weeks to setup ?




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