MarsOne

Followed the news lately? It would’ve been hard to miss them. Mars One, the space agency which in 2022 will send the first humans to settle on Mars. Every following two years a new group of astronauts will be sent to accompany them. One ‘small’ detail, it won’t be possible to return back to Earth. Mars One was aware that this controversial idea would lead to large visitor numbers on their website. All visitors had to be served and therefore a stable and highly scalable hosting solution was needed. This is why they chose for Byte’s Managed Cluster Units (MCU).

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MarsOne

Followed the news lately? It would’ve been hard to miss them. Mars One, the space agency which in 2022 will send the first humans to settle on Mars. Every following two years a new group of astronauts will be sent to accompany them. One ‘small’ detail, it won’t be possible to return back to Earth. Mars One was aware that this controversial idea would lead to large visitor numbers on their website. All visitors had to be served and therefore a stable and highly scalable hosting solution was needed. This is why they chose for Byte’s Managed Cluster Units (MCU).

The power of MCU

On May 31 2012, Mars One announced their plans to the world. Their website had only a few requirements: it always had to be up & be blazingly fast, no matter how many visitors would be visiting the site. In order to guarantee this they chose for Byte’s Managed Cluster Units (MCU). This hosting solution was created by Byte specifically to meet the needs of such demanding web environments. An MCU comes with a huge capacity so handling tens of thousands of visitors is no problem. Scaling up is easy and can be done, on the fly, to an almost infinite capacity. “It’s fantastic that we never need to worry whether or not Byte can handle the large numbers of visitors. Because hosting is dealt with by Byte we do not need to think about hosting. This means that we can deal with the many other challenges involved in this project.”, according to Bas Lansdorp, founder and CEO of Mars One.

Huge numbers of visitors? No sweat!

The first hours after going live, traffic mainly originated from the Netherlands. That is, until they were picked up by the U.S. news website Reddit. In no time they reached 120,000 unique visitors and the counter continued to increase steadily throughout the day. “Our previous hoster could never have coped with these figures, not even with a dedicated solution.”, according to Suzanne Flinkenflogel, Director of Communications at Mars One. This didn’t worry them though, as they knew that, even with visitor numbers on the rise, the site would remain accessible and fast. “Most of the time we can predict visitor peaks quite accurately; When there’s an event, or a press conference. Yet sometimes we get visitor spikes at the oddest moments. But even when these unexpected peaks occur, Byte continues to deliver as promised.”, Suzanne tells us.

Mars One goes global

Mars One continues to grow. The millions of hits a month that are processed by mars-one.com come from all around the world. The largest number of visitors originate from the U.S., but also Russia and Britain are doing very well. Fun facts, you might think, but this also means the website has to be up and running around the clock. Therefore, when Mars One decided to scale up with an extra MCU this had to be done without any downtime. Fortunately this is exactly how MCU’s have been designed! Within moments, their capacity was increased, without the site being down for even a second. Since then, Byte’s infrastructure has dealt with all peaks fired at mars-one.com. So much so, that we learned, that Google Analytics has a measuring limit of 10 million hits per month!

Confidence in Byte

Mars-One expects even more traffic towards their website in the future, “And we’ll be relying on Byte and have the utmost confidence that it’ll work out as planned.”, Bas announces confidently.

 

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