One of the more interesting projects in development at Antair right now was originally intended to be a desktop application. But due to technical issues (dynamic IPs and firewalls), we’ve changed the design to implement it as a rich-client application with Antair acting as the middle-man in the cloud.
This required us to put on our big boy pants and go in search of a dedicated server to host the app.
Our current applications are essentially client apps that work with no intervention from Antair servers. This would be the first time Antair puts itself into a foundational role like this. The servers would need to be available 24/7 with minimal downtime.
The preliminary bandwidth number crunch makes me worry a bit. With conservative estimates to usage per user and number of users, we are looking at 80GB of data being transferred per day.
After hearing the numbers, one of my colleagues pointed out that we’re way off, and these are the kind of calculations that brings NASA probes crashing down to Mars.
Either he’s right, or we’re going to have to do some smart engineering to bring that number down.