Web hosting and cloud hosting provider Peak 10 announced this week that it is providing cloud computing and data center services to the Professional Golfers Association of America, a solution that includes monitoring and managed data replication, and provides the core infrastructure for the PGA’s Championship applications, including ticketing, admission and scoring systems.
In an announcement that makes it sound as though the relationship is not brand new, but the move to the cloud solutions is, Peak 10 describes some of the fairly significant hosting requirements of an obviously very high-profile customer.
For hosting providers, in many ways a customer is just a customer, but from a publicity standpoint a customer with a big name and complex hosting needs can be a notable demonstration of the value of the provider’s services.
Along with cloud services, says Peak 10, the PGA of America will use Peak 10’s “burstable bandwidth” product, which provides network capacity to handle traffic spikes, which for the PGA are presumably associated with specific events. Peak 10 is also providing geo-redundancy for the PGA’s main systems, located at Peak 10’s Louisville facility, through its campus in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“We have worked with The PGA of America for many years, and its migration to our cloud platform was a natural step for its maintaining critical applications,” says Matt Phillips, vice president and general manager of Peak 10 Louisville, quoted in the press release. “Our team is excited to work alongside such a well-known entity in the sports world. We know how important it is for golf enthusiasts worldwide to have access to PGA sites.”
Peak 10 says its management of the infrastructure enables the PGA to focus less on hardware and maintenance, and direct its energy more toward implementation and operations.
“Peak 10 has consistently provided the uptime and reliability needed for The PGA of America’s most mission-critical applications,” said Sean Walker, PGA director of Internet systems. “Through the use of its cloud services for systems at our Championships, we have been able to add scalability to our high-volume applications as needed, while increasing overall system reliability through redundancy across multiple data centers.”
In July, Peak 10 launched a new alliance program, providing cloud hosting reseller opportunities to partners.
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