Viatel behind the online delivery of 58,000 Leaving Cert results this week

14 Aug 2015

The wait was over for 58,000 Leaving Cert students this week who were able to access their results securely and privately online

The Leaving Cert is probably the most traumatic exam students in Ireland will ever experience, but the wait for results was over this week and the delivery of results online was achieved thanks to a collaboration between Viatel and the State Examinations Commission.

This week the Leaving Cert results of 57,929 students were privately and securely posted online on the State Examinations Commission’s (SEC) website.

Viatel created and designed the hosting solution to be completely secure with SSL encryption technology.

This, along with its load-balancing capabilities on the network, ensures the SEC website will always be able to handle extremely high volumes of traffic on exam result days and always delivers A-grade results.

The SEC is responsible for the accreditation and certification of exams in Ireland, with students and teachers alike relying on access to the website for day-to-day use and also to provide the all-important examination results.

The SEC’s hosting solution provided by Viatel has a guaranteed network uptime of 99.99pc, which meant every student could access their information immediately and securely over the internet with zero downtime or delay.

“Viatel has been a trusted supplier of ours for more than eight years,” said Tony Dolan, APO at the State Exams Commission.

“The solution provided by Viatel provides us with a crucial and trusted online platform for thousands of visitors. As our website continues to evolve we look forward to a continued relationship with Viatel,” Dolan said.

Last August, Viatel embarked on a major €125m expansion plan, including jobs and infrastructure investment across western Europe.

Viatel has more than 150 points of presence (POPs) across western Europe, with direct reach into cities such as London, Dublin, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris and Zurich.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years