Akamai Supports a 1000% Increase in Web Traffic for Courttv.com and thesmokinggun.com Sites During Michael Jackson Verdict
Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading global service provider for accelerating content and business processes online, today announced that Court TV Online(SM) has selected and utilized Akamai to ensure consistent availability and performance of its three websites, courttv.com, Crime Library® and The Smoking Gun®. As two leading news websites, courttv.com and thesmokinggun.com regularly experience significant traffic spikes when they are reporting on major trials, or breaking major news stories with the publication of exclusive documents.
When the Michael Jackson trial verdict was handed down Monday night, Court TV saw an increase of over 1000% in website traffic in the hours following the decision. The site experienced close to 25,000 hits per second from people logging on to hear the verdicts and learn more about the courtroom proceedings.
"When major trial news hits, our sites get bombarded. The day of the Jackson verdict, Akamai smoothly handled an almost instantaneous and extremely large burst in web traffic for courttv.com without any hitches," said Emil Freund, Senior Vice President Information Technology, Court TV. "We knew from experience that we needed a reliable, fault-tolerant system that can handle an incredible surge in traffic, and Akamai delivered."
"The public's appetite for immediate information on high-profile court cases and celebrity courtroom news continues to grow," said Lisa Arthur, Chief Marketing Officer, Akamai. "The Internet is the perfect medium for news to be consumed instantaneously. Destinations like courttv.com and The Smoking Gun® will continue to see surges in traffic and we're excited to provide them the infrastructure to deliver a consistent experience to their visitors."
Courttv.com is the pre-eminent online destination for coverage of major trials and other legal news. Using material obtained from government and law enforcement sources, via Freedom of Information requests, and from court files nationwide, The Smoking Gun® brings to the public a variety of documents of interest, relating to trials and other newsworthy events and people, such as the recent Michael Jackson proceedings, the well-publicized "Runaway Bride," and other high-profile cases.
By leveraging the globally distributed Akamai EdgeSuite® solution, visitors to both websites experience faster website performance, and the content provider avoids costly infrastructure build out and maintenance to keep the site performing optimally.
Akamai EdgeSuite is a content delivery solution that increases the scale, reach and performance of a company's Internet presence rapidly, without adding cost or complexity to IT infrastructure. EdgeSuite effectively distributes all content types-HTML, graphics, downloaded content, streaming audio and video, text and encrypted SSL objects. It is built on the globally distributed and highly scalable Akamai Platform, spanning over 15,000 servers deployed in nearly 1,000 networks in more than 60 countries.
About Court TV® [or Courtroom Television Network]
Court TV - The Investigation ChannelTM is the leader in the investigation genre, providing a window on the American system of justice through distinctive programming that both informs and entertains. Court TV® telecasts high-profile trials by day and original programs like Forensic Files®, Psychic DetectivesTM, MastermindsTM and Impossible HeistsTM in primetime. Court TV is 50% owned by Time Warner, and 50% owned by Liberty Media Corp. The network is seen in over 85 million homes. (www.Courttv.com or AOL Keyword: Court TV). Courttv.com is the online counterpart to the television network, offering content related to its primetime programs, as well as comprehensive trial and legal reporting. Crime Library is Court TV Online's award winning source of novella-length true-crime stories. The Smoking Gun brings you exclusive documents--cool, confidential, quirky--that can't be found elsewhere on the Web. Using material obtained from government and law enforcement sources, via Freedom of Information requests, and from court files nationwide, The Smoking Gun guarantees everything is 100% authentic.
Akamai® is the leading global service provider for accelerating content and business processes online. More than 1,300 organizations have formed trusted relationships with Akamai, improving their revenue and reducing costs by maximizing the performance of their online businesses. Leveraging the Akamai EdgePlatform, these organizations gain business advantage today, and have the foundation for the emerging Web solutions of tomorrow. Akamai is "The Trusted Choice for Online Business." For more information, visit www.akamai.com.
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