HighEdWeb Assocation October 10-13, 2010

Session Details


March Madness

APS5 Applications and Standards Track

Rookwood, 4th Floor


The men's basketball team at Butler University captured the hearts and imagination of sports fans around the world as it progressed to the championship game of the 2010 NCAA championship tournament. Behind the scenes, a dedicated group of IT professionals watched the traffic to their main public website grow from 10,000 visits per day to almost 140,000 visits per day. While the basketball team dominated the hoops on the basketball court, this group of individuals jumped through hoops of their own, working around the clock to monitor and modify network traffic to accommodate the flood of traffic to Butler's website after the team won the Sweet Sixteen. Moving swiftly to react to the trend, this team utilized multiple tactics to prepare for the overwhelming amount of attention they would receive. Combining virtual servers, traffic manager technology, a combination of static HTML and CMS, redundant database servers and a few other tricks, the team was able to improve capacity with each win and be ready for the final flood of traffic during the Final Four and final game.


Tim Roe
Web Project Manager, Butler University

Currently serving as Web Project Manager for the Web Services team at Butler University, Tim has spent the past 13 years implementing Web technologies in non-profit and higher education institutions.  This experience has provided him with a diverse skill set that includes server configuration, hardware and software support, training, network maintenance, Web site and application development, project management, video production and digital music creation.