Golf fans tour web with CACHEBOX
Appliansys is pleased to announce that The PGA European Tour has purchased a CACHEBOX solution to improve web browsing speeds for tournament attendees.
The European Tour hosts 50 golf tournaments every year, attracting tens of thousands of spectators. At each event, its engineers set up a network of wireless hotspots to provide fast access to the internet for media and spectators, accommodating between 200-20,000 users. This isn’t easy, especially in remote areas where setting up a 24Mbps satellite connection is often their only option.
Graham Gifford, PGA European Tours’ ICT Director, identified two main destinations for web traffic: popular video sites, where spectators view shots made by players, and the organiser’s own website browsed for latest news, results, tournament schedules and players’ statistics. With latency commonly experienced at up to 800ms, the company turned to web caching.
“CACHEBOX is ideal for such traffic profiles: heavy static HTTP objects like the large images or videos available on PGA European Tour’s website can be cached and stored locally,” says Harminder Heer, ApplianSys Sales Executive. “But CACHEBOX also ensures that frequently updated objects, like the scoreboard, remain up to date. If the server has a cached copy of the scoreboard, it “asks” the origin web server whether it has been modified since. If so, an updated version of the object replaces the old one,” he explains.
In March 2014 PGA European Tours bought a CACHEBOX050 to test its performance. The appliance now travels with the tour and is redeployed at each new tournament venue, saving 40-50% of bandwidth at each event.
Following this success, PGA European Tour has purchased 2 larger CACHEBOX310s and plans to use them in a similar manner.
“Because CACHEBOX is really simple to deploy – much easier than other caching servers – PGA European Tour can quickly setup the infrastructure they need to provide better web browsing for golf fans, regardless of location,” comments Harminder.
Headquartered in Surrey, UK, the PGA European Tour operates a broad range services for the leading men’s professional golf tours in Europe. The European Tour International Schedule consists of 50 tournaments for the leading professional in more than 25 destinations with prize money of over €130 million. The PGA also runs the European Challenge Tour and the European Seniors Tour.