Fun with webcasts

Over the years we’ve done a few different online streaming video events, which have combined some sort of a static presentation with a video of someone speaking.  We’ve even had the ability to have a question and answer section where web viewers could send in questions for the speaker.  We’ve been preparing another such medical webcast for the last few weeks.  Now the fun part comes in that we learned all too recently that the viewers, which were once thought to be around 30, have jumped to approximately 2,000.  As anyone in this industry knows, that’s a large jump for a simultaneous viewership.  For the average person, that’s like inviting 35 people over to your pool party and then having 2,000 show up and try to all jump into your little backyard pool all at once.  You’ll end up with very little water in the pool, most of it splashed out and 2,000 people who just aren’t having any fun.

So the work began to fix up the procedure and find a place to handle that much traffic for the video stream.  We were confident that our web server could easily handle that traffic, but we were unsure of the video feed.  Of course our crack team of IT specialists came up with a brilliant solution and we spent the last two days running stress tests that showed just how great the solution was, and how great our server is.  So we’re very pleased with how things are set to go today during the webcast, but that won’t stop us from staring at little graphs for an hour, just in case.