The guys over at 3-Gun Nation had hoped that they would get a big response from the 3-gun community for the regional matches of 2014, but they never expected it to be quite this big. The plan was for the registration for the four regional matches to open at 9 PM the night of Thanksgiving, but as the appointed hour arrived the site was completely inaccessible. Apparently the load was simply too much, and everything stopped working. It was like watching the launch of Obamacare all over again. . .
My day job is working for a large hosting company, and so I see this all the time — companies that don’t have enough servers to handle the load and flop spectacularly when they have something big going on. It’s one of the reasons I have come to love the F5 LTM/GTM, and to a lesser extent the Brocade ADX. But I guess the 3GN guys skimped a bit on the hosting and are paying the price. Here’s the email that went out when they finally called it quits and closed the registrations:
Due to the overwhelming response, our systems have crashed, locking most people out from registering for the 3GN Regional Matches.
Technicians have been hard at work since the launch, attempting to resolve the problems. However, after 90 minutes, the system is still not operating well enough to handle the demand.
So at this time 3GN is closing registration to the Regional matches until the problems are resolved. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience to all.
We put this registration on a holiday on purposewith the intent that family and friends could see our members interest and love for the sport of 3-gun. We hoped that each of you could take this opportunity to share the sport of 3-gun. However, this has clearly been a failure on our part. For that we truly apologize.
Our team will continue to work on the issues, and well re-launch the registration, one match at a time, at a later date.
And well work our tail off to do better next time.
Pete Brown, Chad Adams, Charles Sole & Tennille Chidester
3 GUN NATION
On the one hand, this is great since it means that 3-Gun is a sport with tons of people who want to participate. But it also means that the infrastructure supporting that sport needs to grow to accommodate the new shooters. And I get the feeling that GoDaddy isn’t really the place for that.
You know guys, if you’re looking for some technical help . . .