Podcast server needed?

Question: We have a number of teachers in the district interested in starting classroom podcasts. Should we be setting up a separate podcasting server?

The IT Guy says:
Whether or not your district opts to utilize a separate podcasting server depends largely on the subscription growth of the podcasts hosted on your network. If thousands of students and parents start subscribing to a high school sports podcast, for example, those network packet requests can put a significant strain on any server. In this case, it makes sense to move hosted podcasts to a different server so normal Web traffic to your server will not be affected. Consider using a free podcasting subscription monitoring service like Feedburner to monitor the unique hits as well as subscriptions to your district podcasts. A tool like feedburner can supplement information provided by your existing network traffic logging software, since it also provides information about the podcatching aggregators used by your subscribers.

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