Since 2005, IBM has used virtualisation technologies to distribute data processing workloads between three IT centres it uses to manage traffic for the United States Tennis Association's USOpen.org web site, significantly cutting hosting costs.
Since installing the IBM virtualisation Engine product two years ago, IBM said the web site has easily handled massive increases in traffic during the USTA's annual two-week U.S. Open tournament while cutting IT infrastructure costs by more than 23 percent since 2004.
In addition to the time and cost savings, the use of virtualisation technologies has allowed the USTA to add more content to the USopen.org web site, Kent said. For instance, IBM Slam Tracker, a dashboard that lets visitors follow their favourite players, watch live matches in progress and receive real-time scoring updates, was added this year.
IBM runs the site under contract with the USTA. The association's 2007 tournament is slated to end this Sunday.
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