What happens when a server has too many requests?

Posted by eSKay on Super User See other posts from Super User or by eSKay
Published on 2010-05-11T18:14:10Z Indexed on 2010/05/11 18:25 UTC
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I am wondering why websites crash at all.

If a server has too many requests, it might queue up the request in its waiting lists and serve it when all the earlier requests have been served. That means that the request for the website will be taken care of, although it may take some more time than expected.

Then, how do websites crash due to server overload?

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