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The busy holiday shopping season is only a month away and the National Retail Federation forecasts 12 percent growth in online sales over last year.  Sounds like good news, doesn’t it?  It is, if you can keep your virtual doors open and sales flowing around the clock. Recently, Rackspace offered up five tips to prep your e-commerce site for the holiday crunch. We invited some of our e-commerce partners to provide a guest blog post looking at those tips and offering further advice.  
The holidays are right around the corner and I want to make sure that you aren’t stressed out about your online configuration. So let’s start looking at how to prepare for the holiday rush as soon as possible. Today I will talk about scaling for the holidays.
With the holidays fast approaching, you’ve probably got a lot on your plate. But before the stockings are hung with care, there’s a lot of work that needs to be done to make sure that your configuration can handle the surge of holiday traffic that starts before Black Friday and continues until the first week or so of the New Year. I’ve made a list, and checked it twice, of topics that can make this a less stressful holiday season for you. Over the next couple of weeks we’ll talk about:
The busy holiday shopping season is only a month away and the National Retail Federation forecasts 12 percent growth in online sales over last year.  Sounds like good news, doesn’t it?  It is, if you can keep your virtual doors open and sales flowing around the clock. Recently, Rackspace offered up five tips to prep your e-commerce site for the holiday crunch. We invited some of our e-commerce partners to provide a guest blog post looking at those tips and offering further advice.  
The busy holiday shopping season is only a month away and the National Retail Federation forecasts 12 percent growth in online sales over last year.  Sounds like good news, doesn’t it?  It is, if you can keep your virtual doors open and sales flowing around the clock. Recently, Rackspace offered up five tips to prep your e-commerce site for the holiday crunch. We invited some of our e-commerce partners to provide a guest blog post looking at those tips and offering further advice.  
For an e-retailer, if their web site goes down for a day during the holiday shopping season, that can mean an average loss of $13 million in sales.
The busy holiday shopping season is only a month away and the National Retail Federation forecasts 12 percent growth in online sales over last year.  Sounds like good news, doesn’t it?  It is, if you can keep your virtual doors open and sales flowing around the clock. Recently, Rackspace offered up five tips to prep your e-commerce site for the holiday crunch. We invited some of our e-commerce partners to provide a guest blog post looking at those tips and offering further advice.  
Online retailers have to do a lot maintain their competitive edge. They have to have social and mobile strategies. That have to have lightning-fast page load times.  And they have to offer a great user experience.
It may be only November, but if you’re involved in online retail, then you may be already busy with the holiday season.
The holidays are right around the corner and by now, you should be prepared for the seasonal surge of traffic that is about to hit the web. We recently did a Scaling for the Holidays blog post series on how to prepare for scaling traffic: Scaling Horizontally or Vertically?, Caching, Web Server Tuning and Load Balancing. Below is a fun infographic with some additional tips on how to prepare for the holiday traffic, web traffic that is.
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