AJAX saves bandwidth (and cash)

Posted on September 30, 2006

Another argument for AJAX, and one that is so obvious it rarely seems to be mentioned. macrumors.com has posted statistics from their coverage of the Macworld San Francisco 2006 keynote speech given by Steve Jobs.

We peaked at approximately 103,000 simultaneous web visitors and 6,000 IRC viewers during the Keynote speech and transmited over 32 GB of data in a three hour period. If not for the efficiency of the MacRumorsLive AJAX update system, the same webcast would have required approximately twice as many servers and would have had to transfer almost 6 times as much data (196 GB).

That makes for 134 GB of redundant data using a traditional html approach. The phrase "twice as many servers" should get anyone's attention.

Comments (2)

Ten Web Designers said

Sometimes the opposite may happen. Their should be some technology for the server to push than browser to ask. That would speed up browsing.

Posted by: Ten Web Designers at July 25, 2007 07:48 PM .

Webdesigner Pia Nielsen said

Most Hosting providers and developers who pays for traffic (around 1 kr. pr. GB) is actually seeing that big portals are getting people surfing on more pages and longer time - because people like facilities like the ajax and other web2/web3 components - so they spend more time on the webpage, USING the saved traffic, but then buy some more stuff.

Posted by: Webdesigner Pia Nielsen at September 4, 2007 02:14 PM .