San Antonio, Texas – (The Hosting News) – June 29, 2007 – Managed web hosting services company, Rackspace, has been selected by FunnyorDie.com, to power the new comedy video website, created by actor Will Ferrell and co-producer, Adam McKay’s company, Gary Sanchez Productions.
Premiering two months ago, FunnyorDie.com has had over 13 million unique visitors, introducing the need for a powerful and scalable infrastructure to accommodate the site’s instant and growing popularity. The most popular video, ”The Landlord,” featuring Will Ferrell, received more than 34 million views in less than two months. Under the 12-month agreement, Rackspace created a customized, high-availability environment with multiple layers of redundancy at the network and hardware level to ensure the website’s continued success.
Mitch Galbraith, Chief Operating Officer of FunnyorDie.com offered, ”FunnyorDie.com launched with a bang, attracting more than seven-million page views in the first week. We needed to get a robust infrastructure in place to support the volume of traffic. We lined up Rackspace to design the appropriate infrastructure, and they’ve delivered each step of the way with their technical guidance and expertise in enterprise Linux. The Rackspace team takes the success of our site personally, and they are available for us 24/7, which is strategic for us since people visit our site around the clock.”
As part of Rackspace’ s Intensive Hosting for Enterprise Linux offering, Rackspace designed a configuration architected for full redundancy, maximum processing power and seamless content delivery. Running Red Hat Enterprise Linux on both Rackspace-built servers as well as HP ProLiant DL385 enterprise servers, the FunnyorDie.com configuration includes a scalable managed backup solution from a centralized network for the vast amount of digital content. The high availability environment also includes an advanced custom monitoring system using Cacti logging tools to write custom monitoring shells and provide real-time monitoring of each device and application. Rackspace’s Intensive Hosting also provides managed security, performance-enhancing gear and advanced MySQL database services.
Glenn Reinus, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Rackspace Managed Hosting remarked, ”FunnyorDie.com is a trailblazer in the online video space. With a growing audience and thousands of hilarious videos, many featuring top celebrities, they need a reliable infrastructure behind their digital community. Funny or Die trusts Rackspace’s new media hosting expertise to support a superior user experience and ultimately enable a platform for funny people around the world.”
Funny or Die is a new video website that focuses exclusively on comedy. The web site launched in April of 2007 and is already one of the most visited comedy sites on the web, according to publicly available data at www.quantcast.com. The web site’s new genre of content features the raw and experimental look and feel of user-generated video, turbocharged with celebrity talent. An example of the powerful appeal of this style of content is ”The Landlord,” a video featuring Funny or Die founders Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. The video, depicting an altercation between Will Ferrell and his tough-as-nails landlord (played by a 2 year-old girl), has been viewed over 34 million times. The company has offices in Palo Alto and Los Angeles, California and is funded by Sequoia Capital.
A recognized global managed hosting firm, Rackspace Managed Hosting is a service organization delivering enterprise-level web infrastructure and managed services to businesses of all sizes. Serving more than 10,000 customers across seven data centers worldwide, Rackspace integrates the industry’s best technologies for each customer need and delivers it as a service via the company’s award-winning Fanatical Support. Founded in 1998, Rackspace has grown more than 50 percent a year since the company’s inception.
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