ATLANTA and LONDON, March 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Internap Network Services Corporation (NASDAQ: INAP), a provider of intelligent IT Infrastructure services, today announced that it has been selected as the official supplier of web hosting and content delivery network services to Sahara Force India, the fast-rising Formula One racing team, based in Silverstone, United Kingdom. As a key competitor on the Formula One racing circuit that this year includes 20 races across four continents, Sahara Force India wanted to expand the features and performance of its ForceIndiaF1.com website on a global scale. The website is the team's primary tool for branding, communications and interacting with its global fan base as well as key members of the media that follow the team.
Established in 2008, the Sahara Force India team has steadily advanced in the standings and secured an overall 6th place finish last year – its highest ever. As a reflection of that success, the team's website received more than a half million visits last year from around the world. As Sahara Force India gets ready to launch a new website to communicate and interact with this growing fan base, it needed a reliable, high-performance web hosting environment to deliver the site globally. The team selected Internap's Managed Hosting solution, along with the company's route-optimized Performance IP™ , Accelerated IP (XIP™) and Content Delivery Network services. The "performance package" from Internap will allow Sahara Force India to distribute its content – including high-definition images, videos, live streaming and social media – to fans and members of the press worldwide on computers, smartphones, tablets and other devices. Internap also gives Sahara Force India the global footprint to effortlessly support local spikes in website traffic across the various countries where races are taking place.
"Growing our brand and our international fan base requires that we build a strong web presence," said Dr. Vijay Mallya, team principal and managing director of Sahara Force India. "But the global nature of our sport means that this presence is always on the move, so our fans need to be able to follow us whether they are at the track or on the other side of the world. Thanks to Internap's hosting solutions and 100% uptime service level guarantee, we can seamlessly interact with our fans wherever they are and whenever they want."
Later this season, Formula One racing marks its return to the U.S. following a five-year absence with the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, on November 18th.
"Working with Sahara Force India is the perfect showcase for the benefits of our global, performance-centric managed hosting and connectivity services, especially given the mass popularity of Formula One racing and the international nature of its races and fan base," said Eric Cooney, president and chief executive officer at Internap. "Like Sahara Force India, we stake our reputation on performance. We are both aiming to be the fastest to our destination and cannot afford to lose even milliseconds."
About Internap's Performance IP and Accelerated IP (XIP)
Performance IP provides premium network connectivity and performance across Internap's global footprint. Deployed by thousands of companies around the world and backed by a 100% proactive, uptime service level agreement, Performance IP leverages numerous carrier networks globally as well as patented Managed Internet Route Optimizer™ (MIRO) technology that delivers traffic over the best-performing Internet path in real time.
Working in conjunction with MIRO, Internap's XIP service further improves content delivery by significantly enhancing TCP (the Transmission Control Protocol), optimizing data transmission from the application to the end user and improving performance by up to 4 times. Provided as a service, XIP eliminates the need to deploy hardware and software at regional data centers or on the client side.
About Sahara Force India Formula One Team Sahara Force India Formula One Team is currently in its fifth year of competition in the FIA Formula One World Championship. The team was born in 2008 when Dr. Vijay Mallya, chairman of India's iconic UB Group and Kingfisher Airlines, launched the first-ever Indian Formula One team. The cars incorporate the colours of the Indian flag and the team is a sporting representation of the emerging generation of young, aspirational Indians and the growing strength of India as a nation. In 2011, a historic partnership was agreed upon as Sahara India Pariwar became co-owners of the Silverstone-based team. For more details visit: www.forceindiaf1.com.
About Internap Internap provides intelligent IT Infrastructure services that combine unmatched performance and platform flexibility to enable our customers to focus on their core business, improve service levels and lower the cost of IT operations. Our unique trio of route-optimized enterprise IP, TCP acceleration and a global content delivery network improves website performance and delivers superior end-user experiences. Our scalable colocation, managed hosting, private cloud, public cloud and hybrid offerings provide enterprises the flexibility to adapt to changing business needs and future-proof their IT Infrastructure. Since 1996, thousands of companies have entrusted Internap with the protection and delivery of their online applications. Transform your IT Infrastructure into a competitive advantage with IT IQ from Internap. For more information, visit http://www.internap.com/, our blog at http://www.internap.com/blog or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/internap.
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