Black Friday traffic brings down Web stores of HP, Best Buy, others

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HP’s store was briefly roadkill in Black Friday traffic. Hewlett-Packard

They don’t call it Black Friday for nothing. And as shoppers increasingly use websites and mobile apps to do their shopping—even as they brave the crowds in brick-and-mortar stores—some retailers are finding it hard to handle demands.

While content delivery networks (CDNs) have made it possible to push static content out closer to Web and mobile shoppers and reduce overall traffic hitting e-commerce sites, the load on the sites is still causing some to buckle and break, albeit briefly.

Written by Sean Gallagher
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