EU Vote Website Collapse – Don’t Bury Your Head, Plan Ahead

In response to the news that the UK voter registration website crashed shortly before yesterday’s deadline for the EU referendum due to ‘unprecedented demand’, causing an extension of the legal deadline, below the comments from Ron Symons, regional director at A10 Networks, on the repercussions.

Ron Symons, Regional Director at A10 Networks:

Ron Symons“IT managers should always plan ahead and equip their systems to deal with massive demand before it hits. Burying your head in the sand and hoping that your systems will cope is simply no longer enough.

“The collapse of the government’s voting registration website during this period of intense activity demonstrates the paramount importance of being able to balance high network demands.

“To avoid similar problems in future, organisations must ensure they have agile systems capable of redirecting traffic to back-up servers when frontline services are overwhelmed. By investing in powerful application delivery controllers and ensuring networks can scale to meet demand, organisations can provide an always-on service to ensure essential assets remain available no matter how high the traffic volume.”