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How the Golden Globes ensures 100% site uptime for its biggest days thanks to APN Partner Metal Toad

For high-profile events like award shows, sports, or breaking news, broadcasters and rights holders cannot afford any downtime when all eyes are watching. Around the world, these companies trust AWS when it matters most because of our experience with some of the most high-profile events, including the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the World Cupthe IPL Finals, and more.

Starting with the announcement of nominations on December 9, 2019 and leading to the presentation of the 77th Annual Golden Globe® Awards on January 5, 2020, millions of users will descend on the Golden Globes website equipped for everything the awards season can send its way.

Back in 2015, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) knew the traffic surge could stretch their site’s capacity to the breaking point. They needed a solution that could handle the influx flawlessly and cost-effectively. And they found one that has delivered flawlessly for the past five years in the AWS Cloud thanks to APN Partner Metal Toad.

Metal Toad designed and built a cloud platform with incredible elasticity. In the 48 hours surrounding Award Night, GoldenGlobes.com successfully delivers more than four million page requests with load time under a quarter of a second—with 100% uptime. Additionally, Metal Toad engineered a custom content management system (CMS) to keep users engaged after awards season had come and gone, transforming the HFPA’s web presence into a dynamic year-round destination for entertainment content.

Click here to read the full case study about how the Golden Globes uses autoscaling infrastructure from AWS to deliver a reliable website visitor experience while saving money.