WWW.BOSTONMARATHON.ORG Ready for Over One million Site Visits On Race Day, April 16

USDataCenters High Reliability, High Bandwidth Web Site Hosting

Allows Internet Users Worldwide to Track Progress of 15,000 Marathoners



Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from USDataCenters, Inc.

    MARLBOROUGH and BOSTON, Mass., April 12 /PRNewswire/ --USDataCenters,
 Inc.(TM)(USDC), a provider of fully managed data center services, will provide
 the advanced Internet hosting services that will be necessary to accommodate
 the complex communications technology and huge Web site volume anticipated on
 the Boston Athletic Association's race day, April 16.  B.A.A. officials
 anticipate that the site, which will be used to monitor the progress of
 participants along the 26-mile route, will attract more than one million
 visits.
     The normal daily number of visits to the B.A.A. site peaks at about twelve
 thousand visitors a day several days before the race.  A site visit is defined
 as a user coming to the site to get information.
     "The demands on the Boston Athletic Association's Web site this year will
 be enormous," said Ron Rainville, COO of USDataCenters.  "This year, family,
 friends and colleagues worldwide will use the Internet to track the progress
 of more than 15,000 participants in the Boston Marathon.  The number of
 visitors to the official Boston Marathon site will swell to peak volume during
 the race.  If you think of the normal traffic to the site as a gentle stream,
 on race day it could be thought of as a raging river.  USDataCenters is ready
 to handle whatever comes our way to keep the Marathon Web site up and
 running."
     A chip about the size of a half dollar will be secured on every athlete's
 shoelace to monitor time throughout the race at eleven official checkpoints
 including the start and finish.  Once captured, the data is transmitted
 wirelessly through banks of modems to a dedicated Data Command Center located
 at the Copley Plaza Hotel, then collected and sent to USDataCenters' facility
 on Boston Post Road in Marlborough.
     Within the USDataCenters' state-of-the-art facilities is a custom-designed
 environment for the B.A.A. Web site, including a fully enclosed "rack" of
 servers, fully redundant network, physical security, redundant power at 200
 watts-per-square-foot and massive bandwidth that is "burstable" up to 100
 megabit-per-second (Mbps) or more.  The dedicated premium load balancing will
 allow the smoothest distribution of network traffic and the highest level of
 site performance.  In addition, USDC will provide the hands-on services
 necessary to manage such a critical Internet operation.
     Police reports estimate that nearly one half million spectators will line
 the Boston Marathon course on race day.
     Web visitors can log on at either www.bostonmarathon.org.  To locate a
 participant's location during the race simply enter the athlete's number or
 their last name.
     To learn more, visit www.usdatacenters.com, or contact USDataCenters at
 info@usdatacenters.com.
 
      Contacts:
      Philip O'Brien                        Scott Fabian
      USDataCenters                         TheJelly Public Relations
      (508) 481-0050, ext. 4605             (781) 933-7773, ext. 20
 
 

SOURCE USDataCenters, Inc.
    MARLBOROUGH and BOSTON, Mass., April 12 /PRNewswire/ --USDataCenters,
 Inc.(TM)(USDC), a provider of fully managed data center services, will provide
 the advanced Internet hosting services that will be necessary to accommodate
 the complex communications technology and huge Web site volume anticipated on
 the Boston Athletic Association's race day, April 16.  B.A.A. officials
 anticipate that the site, which will be used to monitor the progress of
 participants along the 26-mile route, will attract more than one million
 visits.
     The normal daily number of visits to the B.A.A. site peaks at about twelve
 thousand visitors a day several days before the race.  A site visit is defined
 as a user coming to the site to get information.
     "The demands on the Boston Athletic Association's Web site this year will
 be enormous," said Ron Rainville, COO of USDataCenters.  "This year, family,
 friends and colleagues worldwide will use the Internet to track the progress
 of more than 15,000 participants in the Boston Marathon.  The number of
 visitors to the official Boston Marathon site will swell to peak volume during
 the race.  If you think of the normal traffic to the site as a gentle stream,
 on race day it could be thought of as a raging river.  USDataCenters is ready
 to handle whatever comes our way to keep the Marathon Web site up and
 running."
     A chip about the size of a half dollar will be secured on every athlete's
 shoelace to monitor time throughout the race at eleven official checkpoints
 including the start and finish.  Once captured, the data is transmitted
 wirelessly through banks of modems to a dedicated Data Command Center located
 at the Copley Plaza Hotel, then collected and sent to USDataCenters' facility
 on Boston Post Road in Marlborough.
     Within the USDataCenters' state-of-the-art facilities is a custom-designed
 environment for the B.A.A. Web site, including a fully enclosed "rack" of
 servers, fully redundant network, physical security, redundant power at 200
 watts-per-square-foot and massive bandwidth that is "burstable" up to 100
 megabit-per-second (Mbps) or more.  The dedicated premium load balancing will
 allow the smoothest distribution of network traffic and the highest level of
 site performance.  In addition, USDC will provide the hands-on services
 necessary to manage such a critical Internet operation.
     Police reports estimate that nearly one half million spectators will line
 the Boston Marathon course on race day.
     Web visitors can log on at either www.bostonmarathon.org.  To locate a
 participant's location during the race simply enter the athlete's number or
 their last name.
     To learn more, visit www.usdatacenters.com, or contact USDataCenters at
 info@usdatacenters.com.
 
      Contacts:
      Philip O'Brien                        Scott Fabian
      USDataCenters                         TheJelly Public Relations
      (508) 481-0050, ext. 4605             (781) 933-7773, ext. 20
 
 SOURCE  USDataCenters, Inc.