When we need to transfer data from one program to another program, either within a machine or from one data center to another some form of serialization is needed.
We've written about the challenge of classifying what is a "page view" a couple times before (see Understanding Analytics: When Is a Page View Not a Page View? and A Quick Update on Page Views).
I was talking last week with Shawn Graham, a reporter at Fast Company, and he asked a simple but interesting question: do hackers take the holidays off?
I was just looking over our daily stats report and noticed something incredible. In the last 30 days, CloudFlare saved our users more than half a petabyte of data they would have otherwise had to transfer from their servers.