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iomart Hosting's Cloud Computing Platform Helps Nova International

Organisers of the world’s biggest half marathon the Great North Run take to the cloud

More than half a million people will visit the site over this coming weekend for the Bupa Great North Run, as well as registering for Nova's other Great Run events in Edinburgh, Sheffield and Portsmouth which take place in October.

Chris Kewin, IT Director at Nova International, said: "iomart Hosting's technical expertise and support provides relief to Nova's small but busy IT team. It's critical for our business that we have a 24/7 scalable service.

Nova is looking seriously at cloud technology on which to build third generation systems that can scale out rather than up.  Cloud technology provides the potential to bring in additional processing power during peak business periods rather than owning, managing and paying for that processing power all year round.  When peak periods slow, properly designed clouds allow processing power to be scaled down again, ensuring business demand drives the technology requirements."

Currently iomart Hosting hosts twelve servers for Nova which run the websites and entry systems through which 100,000s of competitors register to take part in its world class series of mass participation, televised sporting events and access useful information about training.

While September is the busiest time of the year for the Great Run website, over recent years interest has increased and the site now gets almost two and a half million visits per year.

Chris Kewin explained: "Just moving to a cloud alone is not enough.  Business software that runs on cloud servers must also be scalable, and must also be able to use the processing power that the cloud provides in a compatible way or no real benefit will be realised.  With this in mind having a strong relationship between cloud providers and development teams, like we do with iomart Hosting, is essential to ensure smooth delivery of services."

Sarah Haran, managing director of iomart Hosting, said: "We've developed a strong relationship with Nova over the past five years which has allowed us to support the incredible growth in the popularity of its sporting events. The new cloud services we are providing for Nova will allow their IT team to manage future growth in their events portfolio much more efficiently."

iomart Hosting is a subsidiary of iomart Group plc, which was recently named Scottish Digital IT Company of the Year, and is ranked as one of the top 25 cloud services providers in the world. iomart has been shortlisted as a finalist in the National Business Awards 2011 in partnership with Orange.

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