Solar Eclipse Drives 40M Views for NASA TV Livestream

8/29/17

InfoZen supports NASA’s successful delivery of one of the Internet’s largest events

InfoZen, the IT modernization and leading cloud enterprise service provider that supports planning, architecting, integration, implementation and operations for NASA.gov, today announced its support of the eclipse livestream and websites during the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse resulting in record online viewership data for NASA TV.

The event drew record levels of livestream traffic to NASA.gov and social media platforms—including Facebook, UStream, YouTube, Periscope and Twitch—for a total of more than 40 million views. InfoZen, the prime contractor for WESTprime, streamed traffic to approximately half of the viewers on Eclipse Live.

NASA.gov’s Eclipse Live page peaked at about three million simultaneous views—several times larger than reported streaming numbers for recent Super Bowls. More than 2.6 petabytes of data were transferred during the NASA livestream within three hours, roughly equivalent to more information than is held by all academic libraries in the United States.

NASA estimated more than 40 million views of the livestream. The traffic for NASA.gov and eclipse2017.govtopped 90 million page views, which was more than seven times the previous high for NASA.

InfoZen, NASA and an ecosystem of partners, worked for months to plan, test, integrate and launch an IT architecture capable of seamlessly supporting this massive, global demand for the livestream broadcast.

“Enabling secure, global content delivery at this scale required a sophisticated cloud infrastructure along with multiple backups and redundancies,” said Raj Ananthanpillai, president and CEO of InfoZen. “NASA was able to focus on delivering the best possible content to as many people as possible without having to worry about crashing or paying for excess capacity.”

The NASA TV livestream expanded the number of people able to share in the excitement as top viewing areas were outside of the path of totality. States in direct line of the eclipse accounted for approximately two percent of the livestream audience.

“Having the IT capabilities to stream our content to millions of people on NASA.gov helped us share this celestial event across the world, while also informing the public about our missions of exploration and discovery,” said John Yembrick, NASA’s chief of digital communications.

About InfoZen

Founded in 1995, InfoZen is a leading cloud broker and provider of mission critical IT services and solutions to the public sector. Among its services, the company provides cloud-managed services, DevOps, software and systems engineering, data management, and IT services management. InfoZen's solutions are at the forefront of the information-based screening and risk assessment of millions of people to protect critical infrastructure and support national security. For more information, please visit the company website at www.infozen.com.

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