Ask.com strikes global IT infrastructure hosting deal with Digiweb

17 Sep 2009

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Ask.com, the company behind the celebrated Ask Jeeves website, has selected Dublin hosting company Digiweb to host its entire European IT infrastructure.

Ask Jeeves is the 10th largest internet brand in the UK and reaches 39pc of the internet population.

Digiweb’s Dublin data centre will house the entire European IT infrastructure of Ask.com.

The Ask Jeeves website in the UK now receives 15 million unique users per month.

To ensure uninterrupted connectivity and 24/7 customer access to all of its sites, Ask.com made the decision to migrate its European IT infrastructure into a secure data centre location.

Digiweb was chosen based on its unique ability to provide an independent national telecoms network and a dedicated data centre facility with the highest levels of security, capacity and resilience.

“Ask Jeeves users demand that our search engine is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Caitriona O’Sullivan, European operations manager, Ask.com, explained. 

“We were really impressed with Digiweb’s ability to serve our users through their data centre and network operations centre facilities in Blanchardstown,” O’Sullivan added.

Following the successful migration, Digiweb is now hosting the Ask Jeeves and Ask.com websites.

To guarantee website availability for Ask.com customers around-the-clock, Digiweb is providing Ask.com with a tailored managed hosting and security solution. Digiweb is also providing voice and data connectivity for the Ask.com team in Ireland.

“We’ve committed considerable time and resources in creating a data centre that can attract some of the world’s most popular websites to host in Ireland,” Colm Piercy, CEO, Digiweb, explained.

“We continue to invest in our data centre managed services offerings and have remained successful in winning hosting deals with major international players.

“The Ask.com contract is a fantastic endorsement of our facilities, people and services,” Piercy added.

By John Kennedy

Photo: James Kenny, corporate sales manager, Digiweb, and Caitriona O’Sullivan, European operations manager, Ask.com.

Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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