Apart from the political war raging over universal healthcare in USA, there are real issues with throwing open a website to which tens of millions of users are compelled by law and economics to visit. Last week it was an embarrassing bottleneck…
According to Netcraft and PR, the government has decided to throw more and better servers at the problem:
“Q And do you have an estimate on how many people have attempted to access the website for the health care?
MR. CARNEY: Let me see what facts and figures I have. As of now, I still have — in the first 72 hours healthcare.gov had over 8.6 million unique visitors. As you know, there were seven times more users on the marketplace website that first morning than have even been on the Medicare.gov site at one time.
Q But you still donâ€™t know how many people have signed up?
MR. CARNEY: Iâ€™m glad you asked that question because I want to be clear about it. When it comes to enrollment data — I want to clear this up — we will release data on regular monthly intervals, just like was done in Massachusetts and just like what was done and is done when it comes to Medicare Part D. What I can confirm right now is that people are signing up through federal exchanges. But weâ€™re not going to be — this is an aggregation process and weâ€™re not going to release data on an hourly or daily or weekly basis. Weâ€™ll follow models that have existed in previous programs, including a similar program in Massachusetts, including Medicare Part D, which is the most recent federal example of this kind of thing, and release enrollment data on regular monthly intervals.”
Turning loose a variable number of virtual servers out there in Akamai‘s cloud should help them scale.