AT&T Scores Online Hosting Agreement with the NCAA
Consolidating Web Infrastructure and Application Management Under One Provider Gives NCAA Student-Athletes and Administrators Reliable Online Experience
Indianapolis, Indiana.- The Web site that provides real-time rankings, sports statistics and multimedia resources to thousands of NCAA student-athletes and associations is enhancing its performance, with faster, more reliable online experiences. AT&T* today announced that The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has awarded AT&T Business Solutions, an official NCAA Corporate Champion, a three-year contract for hosting and application management, powered by AT&T Synaptic InfrastructureSM, its next-generation utility computing platform.
The NCAA sought a single provider to manage and proactively monitor the Web content and IT infrastructure of its NCAA.org site, primarily designed for NCAA schools and student-athletes. AT&T is providing a flexible solution that facilitates speedy, simpler site functionality and can handle spikes in Web traffic especially during seasonal peak traffic times around NCAA March Madness and other sports-related collegiate activities, such as NCAA recruiting seasons.
AT&T’s certified professionals will manage NCAA’s IBM® Lotus® Web Content Management™ and WebSphere® Portal solutions to create an interface that Web managers use to add, catalog and publish sports data and programs. IBM WebSphere® Portal management, the power behind the site, facilitates reliable upkeep of the site’s applications, saving NCAA from potential costly downtime and freeing NCAA’s in-house IT resources to focus on other strategic initiatives.
“Having a single source for all our Web needs allows the NCAA technology team to develop greater online services for our business, our student-athletes and their sports,” said Jim Isch, Chief Financial Officer, NCAA. “AT&T’s world class solutions keep our site and applications in peak performance around-the-clock, enhancing our productivity and our visitors’ Web site experience.”
The NCAA’s Web application solution will be deployed on AT&T’s Synaptic Hosting platform, which delivers bandwidth on demand to provide a quality online experience for users no matter the season. Meeting the demands of real-time Web traffic, AT&T Synaptic Infrastructure adds another layer of reliability such that all facets of NCAA.org are accessible to users when they need them.
“AT&T is a trusted online technology advisor beyond being our provider of communications solutions,” added Isch. “AT&T offers a single source for management, with the service and proactive monitoring needed in today’s 24/7 digital world. We’re providing a greater experience for our audiences and elevating the importance of NCAA sports in America.”
As an Official NCAA Corporate Champion since 2002, AT&T has supported the NCAA in various capacities as a way to engage NCAA fans and AT&T customers. AT&T also provides NCAA content to fans through its MobiTV service for wireless devices.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
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