The Share Centre, www.share.com, builds resilient data centre for online trading. Wednesday 21 March 2001 PDF Print Cable & Wireless BTN, the web infrastructure provider recently acquired by Cable & Wireless, today (20 March 2001) announced that it has been working with online broking portal The Share Centre to build a resilient data centre to support its online trading activity. The site, which currently has over 9,000 unique customers accessing their accounts and dealing online, is supported by a revamped network architecture that includes load balancing, caching, and SSL acceleration. These technologies are necessary to give their Immediate Dealing System a high degree of resilience, speed and stability. Richard Evans, Systems Manager at The Share Centre, said: "The Internet site has taken over £10 million of orders in the past month, and that figure is constantly growing thanks in part to the Immediate Dealing system we are now operating. This would not have been viable without system stability, which is the result of the network design and integration provided by Cable & Wireless BTN." He continued: "Our site is now highly robust, with the scope to service even more clients online. Overall, we have 130,000 customers who could potentially trade at our site, so we needed to consider how to accommodate these users in the future, and build a network that would scale as we require." Web-centric technologies are being increasingly deployed in e-business infrastructures to deal with the growing number of users, all expecting faster response and higher quality of service. John Murphy, Product Specialist at Cable & Wireless BTN, commented: "The aim is to keep users happy by providing rapid and consistent access to your services. Load balancing is a crucial technology in building these highly available web environments. A network that incorporates load balancing allows traffic to be intelligently shared between available servers, and for more servers to be added and brought into service as required, without taking the site offline." "Caching and SSL acceleration are also very elegant techniques," added Murphy. "They offload much of the processing from web servers, meaning that users are served all the quicker. And because they are dedicated appliances, extra units can easily be integrated to increase performance further." About The Share Centre The Share Centre was formed in 1990 to provide low-cost share service for private investors. The Share Centre's range of services includes buying and selling shares (real-time by Internet, and also by telephone and post), provision of regular valuations and Individual Saving Accounts. The Share Centre provides investment advice in UK investments quoted on the London Stock Exchange, UK authorised unit trust or other UK authorised collective investments. http://www.share.com Customer enquiry line: 0800 800008 About Cable & Wireless BTN BTN was acquired by Cable & Wireless in October 2000 to form Cable & Wireless BTN. Cable & Wireless BTN is a specialist web infrastructure provider with skills in e-business networking, Internet access enhancement and network security. Cable & Wireless BTN's ethos is to select 'new wave' technologies from both innovative start-ups and well-established players and integrate them into next generation web infrastructures - an increasingly essential element in every corporate's IT strategy. Cable & Wireless BTN provides large organizations with a combination of visionary technology and high-level engineering expertise, consultancy and support. Our customers span every sector of business, commerce, government and education. http://www.cw.com/uk/btn About Cable & Wireless Cable & Wireless is a major global telecommunications business with revenue of over £9 billion (US$14 billion) in the year to 31 March 2000 and customers in 70 countries. Its operations around the world offer a full range of telecommunications services. Cable & Wireless' focus for future growth is on IP (Internet Protocol) and data services and solutions for business customers. It is developing advanced IP networks and value-added services in the US, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region in support of this strategy. With the capability of its global IP infrastructure and its strength in key markets, Cable & Wireless holds a unique position in terms of global coverage and services to business customers. For more information about Cable & Wireless, go to http://www.cw.com This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Pleon in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.