It’s The Bandwidth

A few years ago, a major hospital contacted Discover Video to help them stream a large event.  They were convinced they wanted to use our streaming service, Arcus, to stream live video to thousands of viewers.

“Can you say where the viewers might be located?” I asked.

“Oh, right here in our building.  We want all employees to watch” she said.  “Maybe a few at home too, but mostly the viewers are here on the campus.”

“You really should have a local server in this case” I offered.  “Unless you have a ton of inbound internet access, a premises solution is better for you.”

“No, we will just use the Internet.  It will be fine,” she said.  “Please, don’t inflict a denial of service attack on yourself!” I warned.

It wasn’t fine.

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