U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. wasn’t the only one who choked during the Supreme Court’s health care hearings this past March: Max Mallory remembers ruefully the toll exacted on SCOTUSblog’s servers by Web readers hungry for updates.
“We went from receiving 40,000, 50,000 hits to receiving a million hits in a couple of days,” he said by telephone. “Our servers were overwhelmed. We never went down for an entire day but service slowed so much.”
This morning, the Supreme Court is expected to issue one of its most anticipated opinions since Bush v. Gore, on four points concerning the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). Mallory is SCOTUSblog’s deputy manager and the guy responsible for making sure it’s able to handle what promises to be an epic traffic spike.
Yesterday, the blog tweeted this: ”Here we go. 4 more web servers. 5 bloggers. 2 tech teams. $25k for 20 mins. #SCOTUS #ACA #teamlyle” Hope it stays up.