Sole FIFA World Cup 2010 Australian broadcaster, SBS has picked managed service provider, Hostworks, to provide IT support during the event.
According to a Hostworks statement, the World Cup is expected to bring more than 1 million unique visitors and 40 million page impressions to SBS’ website, The World Game. Hostworks will be providing its utility managed service, which includes infrastructure, management and tools, to gauge and automatically respond to surges in online demand.
The on-demand solution means SBS will not have to purchase extra infrastructure to deal with a temporary surge.
“If the Australian team is successful at this year’s World Cup, it will result in an unprecedented load on our website,” SBS online technical director, Matt Costain, said in a statement. “We intend to give each visitor a consistently high-quality online experience, which is crucial to every sporting event.”
Last year, Hostworks achieved several high-profile wins with a variety of customers, following its acquisition by Broadcast Australia for $68.9m in 2008.
The company achieved a major milestone by hitting $45m worth of orders thanks in part to the global financial crisis encouraging companies to outsource their services.