SOURCE: Coyote Point Systems

January 29, 2008 08:30 ET

Coyote Point Brings Texas A&M Athletics to Thousands of Aggie Fans

Equalizer Series Load Balancer Ensures Non-Stop Access to Popular Online Sports Portal

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - January 29, 2008) - Coyote Point Systems, Inc., the leader in Non-Stop, Affordable Application Availability™, announced that Texas A&M University has chosen the Coyote Point Equalizer Series load balancer as the critical high-availability component of its Texas A&M University Athletics portal. The Coyote system enables the AggieAthletics.com website to handle immense bursts of traffic during sports contests, when up to 50,000 avid Aggie fans access up to 3 million web pages per hour.

The AggieAthletics.com portal provides scoring, event times and locations, post-event articles, photos and press releases, as well as access to live audio and video feeds from CSTV.com, the number one online source for college sports original broadband content.

To ensure non-stop online access to Aggie sports, two Coyote Point E450si load balancers provide a non-stop front end in hot failover mode so that whichever system is active takes traffic from the virtual IP network and routes to one of three HP servers.

AggieAthletics.com provides Aggie fans with access through fiber optic links from the Texas A&M University network hub and to CSTV.com's streaming web casts via the Internet.

"We decided to acquire the Coyote Point system from MicroAge College Station (www.microagecs.com) because its advanced Layer 7 traffic management for our dynamic PHP-based environment allows us to maintain a very large number of user sessions," said Karl Katske, systems analyst for the Texas A&M Athletics department and Systems Administrator for AggieAthletics.com. "The Equalizer E450si system has a very attractive price point, and offloading SSL traffic saves us even more money on SSL certificates. The Equalizer requires no special training for our engineering staff, which made it extremely easy to install and easy to operate."

"Installing the Coyote Point System was click, click, done -- the easiest configuration I've ever done with a complex piece of hardware," said Katske. "Our administration liked the Equalizer Series' hot failover capabilities, and the affordable price enabled us to buy two systems. We considered F5, but because we could only afford a single BIG-IP from F5, we would not have been able to implement hot failover. AggieAthletics.com cannot go down, and Coyote Point provides us with the confidence that won't happen."

"Texas A&M operates its own athletics portal versus outsourcing, and the site requires a massive amount of complex page delivery," said John Crockett, General Manager, MicroAge College Station, a member of the Coyote Point Partner Program. "The Texas A&M Athletics department is very cost-conscious, yet has a very sophisticated network, and Coyote Point meets their needs to a tee."

About Coyote Point

Coyote Point Systems, Inc. has emerged as the leader in Non-Stop, Affordable Application Availability for the small and midrange enterprise. Coyote Point's Equalizer Series family of products offer the industry's most affordable and versatile combination of features for load balancing, high availability, application delivery, traffic management, application acceleration, compression, SSL offload / acceleration, geoclustering, fault tolerance, disaster recovery, virtualization and clustering. Thousands of customers worldwide deploy Coyote Point for non-stop, affordable application availability, acceleration and security. Coyote Point is headquartered in San Jose, CA and works with leading channel partners in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. The company can be reached at 1-877-367-2696 or http://www.coyotepoint.com.

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