How Do You Break the Olympics Website? Throw a Cloud at It | Cloud Central |

How do you make sure the official Olympics website can handle the millions of people who will suddenly bombard its servers when the Games kick off this coming weekend?


You get help from the proverbial cloud.


In effort to ensure that its site — — can juggle traffic from an estimated 1 billion people over the three short weeks of the games, the London Olympics Organizing Committee turned to SOASTA, a Mountain View, California, outfit that uses cloud services such as Amazon EC2 and Microsoft Azure to simulate traffic to websites and other online applications inside the world’s businesses.