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At the recent US Open Tennis in New York City the infrastructure was hosted on IBM's Cloud

At the recent US Open Tennis in New York City the infrastructure was hosted on IBM's Cloud. Cloud is an ideal solution for such events since a scalable and on-demand architecture can be provisioned quickly, and then it can be taken down after the event as needed. During such events there is an overload on networks with people posting lots of messages on social media and tweets. Mobile technology is in full "swing" with people posting on phones, tablets and other devices. The IT infrastructure may need to scale to an estimated 40 times or more its regular size during such events. The United States Tennis Association connects people to the tournament through its web site and mobile apps, live streaming video, match information and videos that are on the Cloud. The US Open has mobile apps available for download for iPhone, iPad and Android devices that are very popular and provide great information about the tournament. For example, the iPad application provides access to data, statistics and content with specific interactive features.

During the US Open there were videos, articles and photos that were supported by the Cloud. There were estimated to be over 50 million visits during the last tournament and a huge volume of data. There were only a few servers on site with everything else in the Cloud. Infrastructure was supported through the IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator, Power servers, System X servers. IBM supports the data with three data centers are geographically dispersed and virtualized with load balancing to support the huge volume of data. These virtualized data centers ensure availability and scalability for the tournament. The IBM Cloud Orchestrator can automatically increase or decrease capacity as there are more or less users accessing information. The Smart Cloud enables the quick creation and allocation of resources while offering transparent and real-time access for laptops, phones and tablets. With the increased volume of data, Cloud provides the scalability and reliability to support applications and reduces the amount of downtime for fans to access information.

Cloud is being used at a lot of other events other than the US Open due to the easy provisioning and scalability aspects. To successfully deploy Cloud solutions, it is important to look at the latency, scalability and thresholds that cause new instances to crop up automatically. As part of the load testing, the peak usage has to be estimated and the load that is determined has to be input to the applications to make sure they can sustain it for a secure Cloud environment. Performance metrics have to be setup and monitored to ensure adequate operations to the desired levels.The key is to develop a Cloud strategy, start planning, allocate resources and look at alternatives well in advance to allocate appropriate time for performing testing activities such as simulation and performance testing. Cloud wins at the US Open!!

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