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GOSS helps protect citizens of Dumfries and Galloway from the Beast from the East

Dumfries & Galloway residents continue to have access to crucial online services during bad weather.

The so-called Beast from the East may well have caused major traffic disruptions across the UK and put a stop people's plans, but one thing it hasn't been able to suppress is Dumfries and Galloway Council's website.

The site, which is hosted by GOSS Interactive, saw a huge surge in site visitors during yesterday's (February 28th) whiteout, and remained completely unaffected by the volumes in traffic. The increase, which was 4 times higher than usual site visitor volumes, was the result of Dumfries and Galloway citizens seeking information about traffic disruptions, school closures and other services affected by bad weather. Furthermore the 'School Closures' page was loaded over 14,000 times in just 4 hours, with a peak of 994 times between 07:30 and 07:35 whilst having no bearing on the availability of the site.

Since moving away from self-hosting, Dumfries and Galloway have seen a number of benefits in GOSS Hosting, with the increase in site traffic during the last few days being one of the biggest. It is a decision that has provided Dumfries and Galloway Council with the assurance needed to ensure their citizens have access to online services around the clock.

Chari Laurie, Corporate Website Co-Coordinator at Dumfries and Galloway Council said: 

"Making the move with our GOSS Digital Platform from self-hosting to GOSS Cloud Hosting, has given us peace of mind and 99.95% uptime guarantee throughout the intense weather pattern we have seen in Dumfries and Galloway over the last 48 hours. Website hits saw a sharp rise on Thursday morning, increasing four fold, so having reassurance that our new resilient GOSS platform coped without problems was great, enabling us to keep our residents and businesses informed of the changing state of services."


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