December 2, 2008 -, a leading online political news network that operates 17 political news Web sites across the country, switched managed hosting providers, leaving Amazon EC2 for Voxel dot Net.


Politicker made a full transition of all its Web sites to Voxel five days ahead of the November 4 elections and reports 100 percent uptime and few difficulties, while experiencing large spikes in traffic.


“While we were working with Amazon EC2 in the weeks leading up to Election Day, we experienced unacceptable stability issues with our software load balancer and realized we were also paying more than we expected. We knew traffic would increase considerably on November 4 and couldn’t take any chances.” said Austin Smith, Observer Media Group’s director of software development. “We realized that Voxel could provide better uptime and reliability using a hardware load balancer unavailable on EC2, and that their dedicated team of engineers would save us time as well as money.”

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