Why is it so slooooooooooow?

The site is very, very slow. It does not look like a complex site; there are no videos to run, there is only one page loaded at a time, it is not running complex algorithms. My IT/tech knowledge is in the “below expectations” category, but I gather there are a few issues that need to be resolved:

  • Some pages are big (even though they may not look it) – the lovely tech people are working on making them smaller so that they will run quicker
  • They way the site is constructed makes any individual action slow to complete  as it requires multiple clicks and refreshes – this is being addressed for the infamous linking process, but needs addressing for all functions
  • NHS computers are slow. The lack of IT investment is staggering, considering the amount of data we deal with in health care systems. But I don’t think I can fix the entire NHS’s IT systems so you will have to continue to struggle on your desktop at work. However, much of the ePortfolio content is generated at home, where most people have decent broadband speeds. If I can run twitter, BBC iPlayer, Waitrose online shopping and Ottolenghi’s recipes at the same time with no problems why is the ePortfolio site still so slow….?

  • ……apparently the ePortfolio is hosted on the NHS network. This is old, slow, and limits the speed of the site. It also has very limited capacity to cope with surges (which are inevitable ie pre-ARCP). A great option would be to move it to a Cloud. This is what everyone is doing these days. Big data needs big storage and there’s a lot more space in the Cloud. So what’s the problem? Let’s do it! To move the hosting to a Cloud needs investment, ie money. We need to persuade the Colleges that they need to fine some spare cash to sort this out. And soon.

You can help by leaving a comment. Go on….

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3 responses to “Why is it so slooooooooooow?

  1. The site is very busy getting up to around a million page views per day during ARCP season but it runs from a single web server. I would love to have 10 web servers but there is no cash available for that. We are hoping to move to a cloud provider later in the year but again, we have no direct form of investment for infrastructure investment.

  2. Plus cloud is no panacea. Cloud is just “give all your data to someone else and trust them to handle it safely and securely”. One day one of the big Cloud suppliers will go bust and scared companies will go back in house!

    • Cloud involves “trust us to handle it safely” but it is up to the app owner to encrypt and control data security, just the same as if the disks are inside your own building.

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