It's pretty obvious what happened. The code was late and didn't work very well. They were still working on it at least the night before the election.
That's why the PDFs with account info were so late. They had just been auto-created and emailed.
11 database servers seems pretty crazy, but I suppose that could've been a good idea. However, you better believe that the single web/app server was not planned. Again, project running late, and they were likely having problems with load balancers and application server clustering. There were likely some critical bugs that made it possible to only run a single app server.
Nonetheless, that's just one of many problems on the project. They completely failed at training, infrastructure engineering, and software design. Pretty much what I would expect from consultants working on a lucrative campaign project.
Last edited by jbrown96 on Fri Nov 09, 2012 4:54 pm
Presumably the sensible people at the RNC (those who actually try to run the thing in the trenches) are trying to figure out what went wrong so it doesn't happen again in 2016.
A good argument for vote-by-mail - throw out the need for Narwhals and Orcas. ;-)