MIT

MIT Admissions switched to Cloudflare during the summer lull, but they immediately noticed their site was loading faster and using almost 50% less bandwidth to serve their content. Not only were they seeing immediate benefits, they found Cloudflare was so easy to set up, it was like magic. icsitmagicremained stable and online, despite the significant increases in traffic.

Key Results
Cut bandwidth usage by 50%
Immediate performance improvements
Ease of use for IT team
Kept site up and running during high traffic peaks
Background

MITadmissions.org is the official site for MIT undergraduate admissions. The website features blogs from students and staff, as well as a great deal of information about the admissions process, campus visits, and community culture. Their target audience is primarily prospective students, their parents and facilitators; their effective audience includes many current students, too.

“We were excited to see immediate performance improvements.”
Chris Peterson, Director of Digital Strategy and Web Communications
50%
Less bandwidth used
by utilizing Cloudflare’s CDN
Business challenge

“Like the Velveteen Rabbit, sometimes MITAdmissions.org is loved too much,” said Chris Peterson, who directs digital strategy and web communications as a Senior Counselor at MIT Admissions. The MIT Admissions site leaves open-threads for admitted, deferred, denied, and waitlisted students during early and regular action, and sees thousands of people visiting the site as decisions are released. They were paying hundreds of dollars a month for private hosting and it was still reliably crashing on or around decision day. “This was both annoying and a bit embarrassing for a place associated with the MIT brand,” said Chris.

Chris and MIT Admissions wanted a service that would be able to help handle these spikes, as well as help protect the site from common attacks and increase the site’s performance.

Cloudflare's impact

MIT Admissions switched to Cloudflare during the summer lull, but they immediately noticed their site was loading faster and using almost 50% less bandwidth to serve their content. Not only were they seeing immediate benefits, they found Cloudflare was so easy to set up, it was like magic. Once the school year picked up, the site remained stable and online, despite the significant increases in traffic.

“We were looking at a couple different alternatives and I’m very happy we chose Cloudflare,” said Chris. “We were excited to see immediate performance improvements and were impressed with how easy it was to get started.”

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