Here’s an unusual business driver for an outsourcing contract: The UK government’s national archives have hired NetBenefit to host a new website for the release of more than 20 years of government UFO files. Coverage by The Guardian notes that “a similar release of UFO files by France’s national space agency last year attracted more than 220,000 users on its first day, causing it to crash. To avoid such problems, the National Archives is using an external hosting company which can add extra capacity as needed to handle the web traffic.”
That decision appears to have a good one, as the new UFO files website has been widely linked in news coverage around the Web today, including a prominent link on Slashdot. In case you were wondering, thousands of files from the US government’s UFO research effort, Project Blue Book, are already online. The archive includes nearly 15,000 individual UFO reports.