Bailout Reaction Crashes House Web Site

The web site of the U.S. House of Representatives has been overwhelmed by traffic and is experiencing serious performance problems in the wake of today’s vote in which the proposed $700 billion financial rescue package went down to defeat.  “We haven’t seen this much demand since the 9-11 commission report” was posted on the site in 2004, Jeff Ventura, spokesman for the House Chief Administrative Officer, told the AP. “We’re being overwhelmed with Web traffic about the bill.” 

Ventura believes that millions of Internet users went to the House site to try and e-mail their representatives about the bill’s failure, which prompted a record 777-point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The computer slowdown is affecting all House-member Web sites, he said. “It’s all tied into one system that is clearly being overloaded at this point,” he said.

Some users are unable to reach the site at all, while the page loads slowly for others. I tried a moment ago, and it took about 2 minutes to load a page with no style sheets.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. It looks like solving the problems takes their admins longer than they hoped for as I tried to access it now (early Tuesday morning) and the speed is still terrible.

  2. This is a great example of the need for Cloud Computing. The traffic yesterday was clearly an anomaly, and it would be foolish to expand hardware capacity just to meet the one time demand.