London, United Kingdom – (The Hosting News) – September 19, 2007 – Web hosting company, Attenda Limited, has been selected to host the new Rugby Football Union Follow England website, as the team prepares for its 2007 World Cup kick-off, in France.
Attenda has been managing the RFU main website for four years, however, the England Supporters’ website is a new site and new application, which has been specifically launched for the Rugby World Cup 2007. The RFU is expecting tens of thousands of unique visitors to the site as this year’s tournament kicks off. Operation and management of the new site is part of a three year contract renewal with Attenda.
The solution includes deployment of a new platform, with shared storage, and shared firewalls, providing the RFU with the on demand scalability that it requires to meet the expected peaks in site traffic during the RWC 2007. The Follow England website provides supporters with a range of features including the latest England news, exclusive video clips, a daily podcast, a player diary, blogs,an exclusive column from Elite Rugby Director Rob Andrew and Ask Ashton, a regular Q and A session with England Head Coach Brian Ashton. The new site uses Akamai Technologies’ global content distribution network.
Th solution provides a consistent, high-definition video experience online using Akamai’s uniquely distributed edge delivery network that is specifically tuned for optimal delivery of HD files online.
Mike Morris, Network Manager at RFU remarked, ”We have developed a strong partnership with Attenda and rely upon their high quality web applications managed service to provide our customers with the optimum online experience. Attenda were able to deliver an on demand highly scalable solution for our innovative Follow England website, enabling us to bring the site online in time for the start of England’s 2007 Rugby World Cup campaign.”
In additon, recently Attenda was chosen as Christian Aid’s web host, through a five year Web Application Managed Services contract, to host and manage its new corporate website.
Christian Aid, one of the largest international development charities in the UK, has an annual income of 92 million. The funds raised are used to assist those affected by natural and human disasters such as the Asian Tsunami, earthquakes in Pakistan, the Middle East crisis and Sudan relief effort as well as campaigning to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and climate change.
Christian Aid is migrating its website presence from a Linux/Apache based platform to a fully resilient Windows environment comprising clustered SQL Server 2005 Servers and Microsoft’s .NET framework. The charity runs 4 websites and smaller micro sites hosted on the existing website server. The new corporate website www.christianaid.org.uk has been built on the new hosted web infrastructure and the 3 remaining websites will be migrated across to the new platform. As a charity, Christian Aid was also able to take advantage of Attenda’s status of an Accredited Catalist Supplier, contracting with Attenda through this route.
Attenda Limited manages applications for business to function effectively for secure and optimum performance of applications, irrespective of the physical location of the infrastructure. With over 5 years’ investment into Attenda M.O., the Attenda operations platform provides people, processes and technology to deliver its services, within a cost-effective structure. Currently, the firm’s client base includes 130 of the UK’s companies. The company financial backing and accreditations include Avis Europe, bmi, easyCar, Compass Group, Microsoft, NHS, Princes and Travelodge. Attenda is ISO9001 and ISO27001 accredited, an HP SP Signature Partner, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, a SAP Hosting Partner, a SunTone accredited managed service provider and an Accredited Catalist Supplier. Attenda is one of only seven companies to have been ranked in the UK’s Sunday Times ARM Tech Track 100 for three consecutive years.
For more information about the Rugby Football Union Follow England website, please visit: www.rfu.com/2007.
To learn more, please visit: www.attenda.net.