Perez Hilton Readers Swarm En Masse on Louis Pearlman Estate Auction Web Site

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A mention on Perez Hilton's celebrity gossip blog sent millions of netizens to where the estate home of Louis J. Pearlman, former founder and promoter of boy bands Backstreet Boys, 'NSync and O'Town, is up for auction March 8 by order of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Our servers handle tens of millions of requests per day under normal traffic demands, just not all at the same time.

Web servers at Virginia-based experienced extreme traffic congestion March 4 due to a blog post by celebrity gossip writer Perez Hilton, according to Richard Romanus, president and CEO of the company. hosts hundreds of Web sites for auctioneers in the U.S. and Canada, including Florida-based Fisher Auction Co., Inc., which is conducting the sale of the estate home of Louis J. Pearlman, music mogul and former founder and promoter of boy bands like Backstreet Boys, 'NSync and O'Town, by order of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

"Fisher Auction contacted us about a month ago to make plans for this high visibility auction," said Romanus. "In addition to web hosting and design, we also specialize in marketing and promotion for auction events. We discussed different methods of marketing for this auction with Fisher and worked with them to promote this event. I am very excited to see it all pay off for them!"

Stuart Bain, Chief Technology Officer for, explained, "Our servers handle tens of millions of requests per day under normal traffic demands, just not all at the same time." He said that the servers did not crash and remained online during the entire traffic surge, continuing to answer requests. "Under the circumstances, the servers performed wonderfully, however the saturation of our connections caused a lot of congestion."

Bain said the auction listing for the Pearlman estate received over 100,000 unique visitors in just a few hours after the posting on, not including the traffic to the mirror site that was put up on a globally distributed cache network to compensate for the congestion.

Pearlman's estate home goes to auction on Saturday, March 8th, by order of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, according to Lamar Fisher, President/CEO of Fisher Auction Company.

U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee, Soneet Kapila engaged Fisher Auction Company to conduct the sale of Pearlman's 16,000± square foot home, which was originally contracted through bankruptcy court for $7.1 million in 2007 to a local doctor; however, the sale fell through.

According to news sources, Pearlman has agreed to help federal prosecutors, investigators and bankruptcy trustees track down assets, cooperate against unnamed co-conspirators and pay back $200 million to investors and banks, according to a plea agreement filed in the case March 4. The 53-year-old is facing up to 25 years in prison -- which could amount to a life sentence. He also faces $1 million or more in fines.

"The court hopes to recoup some of the money owed through the sale of Pearlman's multi-million dollar Florida home," said Fisher. "We are pleased to bring our experience with bankruptcy and bank-owned property auctions throughout the country to this case."

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