Rugby World Cup Web site launch

The International Rugby Board (IRB) has selected a Unisys-Microsoft platform to manage the official Rugby World Cup 2003 Web site, which will allow more than four million Web page impressions per hour during the 44-day tournament.

As well as signing a contract to host the official Rugby World Cup 2003 Web site, Unisys Australia will also manage other Internet sites of the IRB until the end of 2006.

The commercial contract agreement is separate and in addition to Unisys being the official supplier IT services for Rugby World Cup 2003.

According to Unisys, the contract followed a closed tender process with the International Rugby Board (IRB).

Unisys has built the infrastructure required to develop and host the official Rugby World Cup 2003 Web site, and approached Microsoft Australia to develop the site to specifications laid down by the IRB.

The Unisys-Microsoft platform is a combination of a Unisys ES7000 server featuring 16 Intel processors running Clustered SQL, SQL 2000 Enterprise, and Microsoft Content Management Services (MCMS) built on Microsoft Windows Server 2003.

Unisys is also providing systems integration services, infrastructure management and outsourcing as well as server technology.

The site takes information feeds from the official scorers who will provide real-time information, scores and player statistics during each game.

A team of approximately 15 people will support site development and modification effort during the tournament.

www.rugbyworldcup.com

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