By Kacie LaCombe

The 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament took the world by storm. Diehard soccer fans and newbies alike kept an eye on the matches day-in and day-out, at work and at home. The soccer-hungry audience searched for real time updates throughout the month-long tournament. They needed to know what happened on the pitch, and they wanted that info immediately.

Chances are you if you were looking for up-to-date futbol data you went to a site embedded with an infoplum – AFP responsive HTML5 application. A real time application by infoplum – AFP provided updates on scores, highlights, news, pictures, advanced statistics, profiles, predictive data and even 3D footage of goals – exactly what the sports world collectively craved throughout the World Cup. And infoplum – AFP relied on Rackspace Cloud Sites to stay up and running throughout the record-breaking traffic the tournament drove.

On the day before the opening ceremonies, the Cloud Sites team saw traffic from the infoplum application reach more than 6 million hits per hour, which is roughly 1,736 hits per second – a mind-blowing sum, especially considering it was well before the whistle blew to start the first match.

“This was by far the biggest event we have had. Cloud Sites was fundamental to the success of this event,” infoplum technical director Trevor George explained.

For this particular FIFA event, infoplum collaborated with Agence France-Presse (AFP) to serve live coverage (data and editorial) on all World Cup matches. This particular application was embedded on 161 websites, which were served to a worldwide audience in more than 20 countries and in more than 15 languages throughout the entire 32-day global soccer phenomenon. This resulted in an astonishing total of 4.1 billion – yes, billion – web requests. That’s 153 million hits per day and over 100 million pageviews.

infoplum, which was launched as Cadability in 1990, has been a loyal Cloud Sites customer since October 2008, when Cloud Sites was still called by its original name – Mosso. Well before the World Cup started and the traffic deluge began, infoplum alerted its Cloud Sites team. The Cloud Sites operations team has expertise in preparing customers and their sites for high traffic events.

“The scalability at Cloud Sites has always been there. So I was confident Cloud Sites could handle it,” George said.

For this particular event, the Cloud Sites ops team ensured enough nodes were configured in the high capacity cluster for the expected load. Then the Cloud Sites specialists configured the load balancers to have streamlined routes, including dedicated IP addresses to the high capacity cluster.

“Cloud Sites support jumped in 110 percent actively monitoring performance,” George noted. “There are actual people you could talk to, not just an email.”

Throughout the entire month, Rackspace engineers closely monitored infoplum’s environment and made any necessary adjustments to ensure the smoothest high traffic event possible.

Congratulations to our dear friends from Australia, infoplum, on an impressive high traffic event, and to the experts of the Rackspace Cloud Sites team for handling its highest super spike in Cloud Sites history.

Learn more about how Cloud Sites can rise to the occasion of any super spike.

: Cloud Sites Helps infoplum – AFP Handle Billions Of FIFA World Cup Web Requests