TRON wrote:Also sites like slashdot have no problems running off of fewer than 10 servers with thousands of users because they implement a throttling policy of basically if you hammer the server cluster you get banned for an hour.
You do that for a site that runs normally 24/7 at a standard pace, yes. But NOT when you actually call thousands of users to actually hit you simultaneously on purpose. As a customer, I want to place an order, it's not my fault if they can't set up sufficient resources and I can't even get the page to load. So I will retry until it works. If they ban me from it, then it's unfair, everybody should get the same chances.
So, you DO set up the required resources, end of.