SoftLayer Provides Infrastructure to Stream Jackson Memorial Service

July 13, 2009 by  

Softlayer 190x60 LogoWebmaster ToolsDALLAS — As millions watched the live Internet broadcast of the Michael Jackson Memorial Service on July, 7, 2009, many were doing so courtesy of SoftLayer servers and bandwidth. SoftLayer, the on-demand data center services provider, was selected by Highwinds, a multi-platform IP services and content delivery provider, as a trusted partner to support high-quality live streaming of the global event. It is believed that the memorial service’s viewership was second only to the inauguration of President Barack Obama, also streamed by SoftLayer and Highwinds.

“It would be enough of an accomplishment just to handle an event of this scale. But being able to handle it without any interruption to regular operations really proves the robustness of our architecture and network,” said Ric Moseley, SoftLayer Vice President of Engineering. “We are proud to have been a part of such a historic occasion, and that customers like Highwinds keep coming back to us for our expertise.”

SoftLayer provisioned more than 400 servers for the one-day netcast, demonstrating the service providers’ massive and dynamic scalability. SoftLayer streamed more than 45Gb of event coverage for the day, leading to a one-day high of 100Gb total traffic between its three data centers, with no reported outages or performance issues.

More and more people are turning to the Internet instead of television as their video source for important live events. After media and social networking sites experienced outages and overloading on the day of Jackson’s passing, it was expected his memorial service would generate record levels of attention. “We knew from our mutual success streaming the Obama Inauguration that SoftLayer was the ideal partner for this event,” said George Antoniou, Highwinds’ Vice President of Operations.

About SoftLayer Technologies
Headquartered in Plano, Texas, SoftLayer delivers world-class, on-demand virtual data center services on a global basis from facilities located in Dallas, TX; Seattle, WA; and Washington, DC. SoftLayer integrates all facets of IT to innovate industry-leading solutions that are fully automated. This empowers customers with complete control, security, scalability, and ease-of-management for their IT environment. For more information please visit or call 866.398.7638.

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