Case Study

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Helping Swedavia Cope with the Ash Cloud

During the Icelandic ash cloud incident, extreme conditions in the air led to extreme conditions on the web. Thanks to Apica’s cloud-based performance service (built on Citrix NetScaler), Swedavia could keep their airport web sites open with maintained response times – despite a massive increase in traffic.

When a massive disturbance such as the ash cloud occurs, it starts a stampeding herd effect on the web. Millions seek information on just a few media sites. These, in their turn, refer to the same few sites for more information, leading to extremely high traffic in short time. You get a stress test in real time, far exceeding the site’s normal capacity.

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