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US Open Serves Up Web Pages with Linux and IBM

Sports Web Sites Choose Scalability, Reliability of Linux

ARMONK, NY - 28 Aug 2001: -- IBM today announced that the official Web site of the US Open Tennis Tournament, http://www.usopen.org, incorporates the open standards-based Linux® operating system in its IT infrastructure to handle traffic flowing to the site during the tournament.

IBM, the exclusive technology partner for the United States Tennis Association (USTA), has designed, developed and hosted the official US Open Web site for the past six years. During last year's US Open, more than 1.2 million unique users visited the site and generated over 57.8 million page views. The USTA and IBM expect similarly heavy traffic for the 2001 US Open as fans log on to the site to check schedules of play, download the IBM Real-Time Scoreboard, view match statistics and play interactive games.

"Adding Linux to the Web site architecture allows us the flexibility to cope with the inevitable heavy spikes in user traffic during popular matches," said Ezra Kucharz, USTA managing director, Advanced Media. "At the same time, Linux helps us meet the requirements for high availability, reliability and manageability of the official site."

The US Open Web site is one of a number in the sports industry that has begun to rely more on the Linux operating system. Others include official sites for the Wimbledon championships and the National Hockey League.

"The value of Linux is growing among sports organizations that IBM sponsors as the official technology partner," said Eli Primrose-Smith, IBM vice president, Worldwide Sponsorship Marketing. "The official Web sites for these high-profile events can experience extraordinary spikes in traffic, such as last month when a record number of people in the US logged on from work to follow the 9-7 fifth set of the men's singles final at Wimbledon. Linux offers greater flexibility to manage our Web hosting resources to accommodate user demands."

The IT solution for the US Open incorporates IBM eServer* xSeries** systems and IBM eServer pSeries** SPTM nodes. The combination of Linux and AIX® provides the official Web site managers with the flexibility, reliability and scalability required for usopen.org. Price-performance is optimized by running applications on hardware best suited for the tasks. US Open Linux servers are clustered using IBM Cluster Systems Management software, similar to Linux super computers IBM has installed around the world. Clustering allows fast installation and improved management of hundreds of servers from a central control station.

Contact(s) information

Stacy Simpson
IBM
914-766-4123
stacysim@us.ibm.com

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