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SoftLayer™ Provides Infrastructure to Stream Jackson Memorial Service

Online Event Second Only to Obama Inauguration

Dallas—Jul. 15, 2010

As millions watched the live Internet broadcast of the Michael Jackson Memorial Service on July, 7, 2009, many were doing so courtesy of SoftLayer servers and bandwidth. SoftLayer™, the on-demand data center services provider, was selected by Highwinds, a multi-platform IP services and content delivery provider, as a trusted partner to support high-quality live streaming of the global event. It is believed that the memorial service’s viewership was second only to the inauguration of President Barack Obama, also streamed by SoftLayer and Highwinds.

“It would be enough of an accomplishment just to handle an event of this scale. But being able to handle it without any interruption to regular operations really proves the robustness of our architecture and network,” said Ric Moseley, SoftLayer Vice President of Engineering. “We are proud to have been a part of such a historic occasion, and that customers like Highwinds keep coming back to us for our expertise.”

SoftLayer provisioned more than 400 servers for the one-day netcast, demonstrating the service providers’ massive and dynamic scalability. SoftLayer streamed more than 45Gbps during the event, leading to a record high of 105Gbps total traffic between its three data centers, with no reported outages or performance issues.

More and more people are turning to the Internet instead of television as their video source for important live events. After media and social networking sites experienced outages and overloading on the day of Jackson’s passing, it was expected his memorial service would generate record levels of attention. “We knew from our mutual success streaming the Obama Inauguration that SoftLayer was the ideal partner for this event,” said George Antoniou, Highwinds’ Vice President of Operations

About SoftLayer Technologies

Headquartered in Dallas, SoftLayer is the innovation leader in Cloud, Dedicated, and Managed Hosting, and the largest private hosting company in the world. SoftLayer provides cloud, dedicated, and seamlessly integrated computing environments, with world-class data centers in Dallas, Houston, San Jose, Seattle, and Washington D.C., and network Points of Presence nationwide. The company integrates and automates all elements of its platform, empowering enterprises of any size with complete control, security, scalability, and ease-of-management via a leading Customer Portal and Open API. For more information, please visit or call 866.398.7638.