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19. Re: Christmas Metaverse Dec 25, 2012, 23:20 Creston
Beamer wrote on Dec 25, 2012, 20:22:
And if it was as easy as just leasing more space you'd think Valve, one of the most well run businesses in games, would have thought of it, right?

As usual, you are convinced that your beliefs are somehow universal truth, when in fact they are far from it. Clustered servers are easy as shit to expand for concurrent connections and database availability, even if only temporarily. That's the whole point of having a clustered server to begin with. (And if Valve halfway knows what it's doing, all its servers are virtual anyway, so then it's essentially a matter of bringing up a few more virtual boxes.)

As for bandwith, that's easy to increase as well. It typically takes a phonecall to your provider and a few hours for them to add capacity. Doubling my company's bandwith from 100 to 200Mbps literally took an hour. Obviously Valve deals in massively larger bandwith numbers than that, but their ISP isn't stupid either, and will have spare capacity available.

Do I expect Valve to build out for their sales? No. Do I expect them to put some additional capacity in place for their three big sales? I think that's not really too much to ask for something that gives them a BILLION dollars in revenue.

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