IT infrastructure services for business applications, SAVVIS, has inked a five-year agreement with multimedia news organisation, Reuters.com, to provide a platform for a next-generation Web 2.0 media website.
The partnership is anticipated to allow Reuters.com to scale easily as web traffic builds, providing the framework for a modern Web 2.0 media site. In addition, Reuters has migrated the critical IT infrastructure which supports the Reuters.com site to SAVVIS’ virtualised utility computing and storage platform.
Chris Ahearn, President of Reuters Media remarked, ”As Reuters.com continues to expand and increase traffic, SAVVIS was able to offer increased reliability and rapid scalability we need for such a large web presence. This new platform allows us to continue building Reuters.com into a leading and innovative content provider to users of RSS feeds, social networking sites and other next-generation platforms for delivering news.”
Reuters global network of web sites is visited by over 17 million users each month and is the world’s largest international news and financial data source, reaching one billion people per day.The site will combine commercial Microsoft and other technologies including Linux, Apache and MySQL, and includes all elements for delivery of the web site and its content, including security and global load-balancing between data centre locations in the US and UK.
Phil Koen, CEO of SAVVIS added, ”Reuters is one of the premier content providers on the web, offering their coverage both directly to consumers and to the world’s largest web destination sites and services. Using SAVVIS’ IT infrastructure, Reuters.com will continue to lead the industry as it embraces next-generation models of collecting, delivering and consuming news and information.”
Richard Warley, Managing Director International of SAVVIS commented, ” Reuters continues to demonstrate its dedication to bringing breaking news to its users instantly. Reuters.com is a great example of the scalability and flexibility of the SAVVIS infrastructure. The virtualised utility computing model can support Reuters’ global requirements quickly and efficiently, as user demands change and grow around the world.”
Operating a global network and 24 data centres in the U.S., Europe, and Asia encompassing approximately 1.4 million square feet, SAVVIS offers customers a variety of flexible and cost-effective IT infrastructure services that can easily be mixed and interchanged. These include a broad portfolio of hosting services, enterprise network solutions, and managed security services. SAVVIS pioneered the industry’s first virtualised IT utility services platform which delivers on-demand access to server cycles, storage capacity, network bandwidth, traffic management and load balancing.
Reuters is the world’s largest international news and financial information source, reaching over 1 billion people a day. Through Reuters.com and other digital properties, Reuters now also supplies its trusted content direct to individuals. Reuters drives decision making across the globe based on a reputation for speed, accuracy and independence. Reuters has 16,900 staff in 94 countries, including 2,400 editorial staff in 196 bureaus serving 131 countries. In 2006, Reuters revenues were 2.6 billion pounds.
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