It’s that time of year again… the holidays are just around the corner and every retailer is gearing up for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. My employer kicked off the holiday shopping season last night with one brand having their yearly 4-hour sale. Thankfully there were no surprises and our infrastructure and application stack was able to handle the additional load without issue. I did stumble upon an instrumentation issue between PRTG and a Cisco FirePOWER 4110 firewall – perhaps I’ll share more about that problem in another post. It’s a challenge every year to try and forecast the potential load and then meet the surge in demand, let’s not forget about all the email marketing campaigns and app push notifications that the brands want to hit their customers with. It can be a very challenging time for many Information Technology teams.
Now we wait for Thanksgiving and the four days to follow… confident that we’ve taken all the correct steps and everything is ready. Only time will tell the true story.