Question: Several teachers in our district have started podcasts, and I am wondering if we should host the podcast audio files on a separate web server.
The IT Guy says:
Technically speaking, there is no requirement to host podcasts on a special server. Any Website capable of serving Web content can host podcast mp3 or m4a audio files. However, popular podcasts can consume a large amount of network bandwidth and potentially cause interruptions in service for other Web services available on the same server or over the same Internet connection.
I recommend that your teachers â€œburnâ€ their podcast feeds with the free Feedburner service and periodically check in on them to see what their subscription numbers look like. You can also monitor the traffic directly with Web traffic monitoring software. If one or more podcasts become very popular, you may consider moving those files to a separate file server dedicated to podcasts.
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