Last week the Internet Archive upped our bandwidth capacity 30%, based on increased usage and increased financial support. Thank you.
This is our outbound bandwidth graph that has several stories to tell…
A year ago, usage was 30Gbits/sec. At the beginning of this year, we were at 40Gbits/sec, and we were handling it. That is 13 Petabytes of downloads per month. This has served millions of users to materials in the wayback machine, those listening 78 RPMs, those browsing digitized books, streaming from the TV archive, etc. We were about the 250th most popular website according to Alexa Internet.
Then Covid-19 hit and demand rocketed to 50Gbits/sec and overran our network infrastructure’s ability to handle it. So much so, our network statistics probes had difficulty collecting data (hence the white spots in the graphs).
We bought a second router with new line cards, and got it installed and running (and none of this is easy during a pandemic), and increased our capacity from 47Gbits/sec peak to 62Gbits/sec peak. And we are handling it better, but it is still consumed.
Alexa Internet now says we are about the 160th most popular website.
So now we are looking at the next steps up, which will take more equipment and is more wizardry, but we are working on it.
Thank you again for the support, and if you would like to donate more, please know it is going to build collections to serve millions. https://archive.org/donate