Today in Cloud

Today is Red Nose Day here in the UK. Children go to school wearing red, cars, lorries, buildings and people sprout big red noses, and the BBC devotes hours of prime time television schedule to raising money for good causes in the UK and Africa. Millions of pounds are raised while the BBC programs are on-air, and the charity’s web site sees massive spikes in traffic; in 2009, the site recorded up to 116 transactions per second. Zeus Technologies is once again donating its software-based load balancing solution to the cause, with a view to keeping the site responsive even as television celebrities exhort millions of viewers to go online and donate. Zeus is certainly not alone, as technology companies have a good record when it comes to supporting worthy causes such as this. But I can’t help wondering how you get a red nose onto a software-based load balancer?