The main reason that Drew and I started the Cloud Office Hours Hangout was to help new and existing businesses learn how to leverage the power of the cloud. In particular, we try to provide information that can be helpful for businesses to scale their website or application for an onslaught of traffic. Preparation is the key to ensuring that a website is up and available.
One website learned the hard way about the importance for handling massive amounts of traffic. The launch of HealthCare.gov was lampooned widely throughout the media and call-in shows. The mistakes they made could have been avoided. Still, many companies fall into those same traps. The only difference was the amount of people that were affected and level of political scrutiny placed on this particular launch. To help sort through the mess, Rackspace CTO John Engates was invited to Washington, D.C. to provide insights and expertise on how to fix HealthCare.gov. We caught up with John after his trip to the White House and the website’s operations center. Here are some of the highlights with the video of the entire Hangout embedded below.
A huge thanks goes out to John for stopping by our show to discuss this topic. The Office Hours Hangout happens every Thursday at 1:00 p.m. CST. Be sure to check the Rackspace Google+ page for more information.