At the beginning of November, The Department of the Interior announced a lifetime pass providing free entrance to National Parks, Wildlife Refuges and Other Public Lands for veterans and gold star family members. The VA followed this announcement with an email to every Veteran and all eligible family members on November 17, 2022.
Mobomo developed and has managed the USGS Store site for several years now so when USGS stakeholders realized that approximately 20 million people had been notified of this fantastic opportunity, they made the Mobomo team aware that the site might experience an increase in traffic; which was exactly what happened (see chart below) – with 2.5 million requests funneled through the site across a 6-hour period and elevated activity throughout the course of the week.
USGS Store historically has maintained a steady flow of traffic through the site without large shifts in traffic. The spike in traffic the site experienced proved to be a significant testament to how well the Mobomo team engineered the site, which uses AWS elastic Kubernetes service (EKS) and leverages two scaling groups: one for running the applications (Drupal, nginx cache, redis), and one for running Elasticsearch clusters. More importantly, however, millions of our service members and their families were able to successfully obtain their lifetime National Parks passes – providing them the opportunity to build wonderful memories and enjoy our country’s treasured lands.
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