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Press Release -- April 6th, 2015
Source: Earthlink

Team EarthLink Keeps Boston Marathon Running at Peak Performance with Reliable, Secure and Scalable Network and Cloud Infrastructure

ATLANTA — April 6, 2015 — EarthLink Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:ELNK, news, filings) , a leading managed network and cloud solutions provider for multi-location businesses and an official IT services provider for the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), today announced that communication services for the 2015 Boston Marathon on April 20 will again be run on EarthLink’s network and cloud infrastructure. With nearly 30,000 participants from across the globe, the iconic Boston Marathon is among the most data-driven sporting events in the country and EarthLink provides the security, reliability, and scalability the B.A.A. needs to ensure a positive runner and spectator experience.

To handle traffic spikes and store runners’ stats securely in the cloud, the B.A.A.’s website, on which all Marathon participants register and access race information, is managed from EarthLink’s state-of-the art, SSAE 16 compliant data center in nearby Marlborough, MA. The site receives an estimated one million site visitors and 17 million page views on race day alone. EarthLink also provides the B.A.A. with a private MPLS network for voice and data, ensuring that its staff can communicate efficiently and support secure point-of-sale transactions on race day and throughout the year. Click here to view EarthLink’s B.A.A. case study.

“Months of planning and sound logistics enable the 119 th running of the Boston Marathon to go off smoothly, and our website is a key piece of our operation,” said T.K. Skenderian, Marketing and Sponsorship Manager, Boston Athletic Association. “Hundreds of thousands of fans from around the world are engaging with our event, and tracking their loved ones through our website. We rely on EarthLink to handle this intense web traffic, server infrastructure, and information flow during race week, and especially on race day.”

To show support for the B.A.A. and the Boston Marathon, a team of nine people consisting of EarthLink employees, customers, and partners and headed by President and CEO Joseph F. Eazor, will compete in this year’s race. Eazor, a competitive triathlete with several Ironman events under his belt, is particularly focused on race day.

“As a longtime runner, I’m thrilled by the opportunity to participate in the 2015 Boston Marathon, and am also extremely proud of the services EarthLink provides for the race,” said Joseph F. Eazor, EarthLink President and Chief Executive Officer.

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