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NaviSite's Managed Hosting and CDN Services Handle Huge Demand Spike for Women's Organization

October 28
10:08 2009

NaviSiteWeb Hosting WireANDOVER, MA – NaviSite, Inc. (NASDAQ: NAVI), a leading provider of cloud-enabled enterprise-hosting and application-management services, today announced the successful deployment of content delivery network (CDN) services for Women for Women International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women overcome the devastating effects of war and poverty. With close to two decades of operation, Women for Women International has raised and distributed millions of dollars, and in recent years has leveraged the Internet as a significant part of its overall fundraising strategy. Its website ( describes the Women for Women International programs that support its overall mission, while also serving as a donation mechanism, which is managed by a certified financial institution.

Women for Women International knew from previous experience that its upcoming appearance on a popular, nationally syndicated talk show could generate performance-degrading traffic spikes. The organization’s larger concern was that it was impossible to predict, with any degree of accuracy, the amount of traffic the television exposure would generate. Women for Women International would receive only a few days’ notice of its appearance, and did not know how much airtime it would receive. Overbuilding to meet nonexistent demand would consume a lot of already tight resources, but failing to meet demand would be even more devastating.

With a very tight deadline and uncertainty about its requirements, Women for Women International turned to NaviSite, its trusted Managed Web Hosting provider. NaviSite quickly deployed a CDN — in just a few days — ensuring that everything was up and running by the morning of the television broadcast.

[swfobj src=”” width=”300/250″ align=”right”]”We were very pleased with the response we got from the entire NaviSite team,” says Nicole Weaver, CIO of Women for Women International. “They provided us options and guidance from simply adding servers to the existing website platform, to recommending a content delivery network solution to offload resource overhead and push much of the main site content closer to users. This not only improved overall performance, but helped preserve the availability of content crucial to delivering the donation sections and other interactive website components. We were going full steam from about 10 o’clock in the morning of the show and became the number one or top Google search term for that day. We never went off-line and never suffered any serious degradation. The result was our largest spike in donations, which remain at historic levels. We couldn’t have done it without NaviSite.”

“NaviSite’s extensive experience, global footprint, and full suite of dedicated server and managed-hosting offerings and options make us an obvious choice for nonprofit organizations, as well as small and medium sized businesses,” said Sumeet Sabharwal, Senior Vice President of SMB Hosting, NaviSite. “We were excited to help Women for Women International handle the historic demand generated by the profile of its noble efforts to improve the lives of women.”

NaviSite offers a comprehensive suite of cloud-enabled managed-hosting solutions — including database management; server management; virtualization; disaster recovery; remote monitoring; and network and security services — designed to meet customers’ IT management needs and maximize uptime and efficiency.

About Women for Women International

In its 16-year history, Women for Women International has provided nearly 200,000 women survivors of war, political upheaval and conflict with training in rights awareness, leadership development, and vocational skills development, disbursing more than $79 million in direct aid and microcredit loans. For more on Women for Women International’s programs around the world, visit or contact Lyric Thompson at or 202.449.9440.

About NaviSite
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