CAMBRIDGE, UK, 24 July 2007 – Zeus Technology, a leading provider of award-winning application traffic management and global load-balancing software, today announced that ZXTM has been chosen by GreatSchools to ensure website availability and accelerate its applications, including Apache.

A non-profit site (www.greatschools.net), GreatSchools improves K-12 education by helping parents choose appropriate public or private schools based on their children's needs, and fosters greater parental involvement in their children’s education. With 30 million page views per month, GreatSchools has proven very popular, even winning a 2007 Webby People’s Voice Award for “Best Family & Parenting Site." In fact, the site became so popular that a solution was required to maintain high availability and performance for its increasing web traffic.

“When we began our online search for a load-balancing solution, we discovered ZXTM and found that it was available as software, which makes it a good fit with our IT strategy,” said Todd Huss, Vice President of Technology at GreatSchools. “We’re able to run it on our existing commodity hardware with our operating system of choice and when we need to upgrade that hardware, we can easily migrate ZXTM to the new server, giving us future-proof flexibility. Unlike some of the other products we evaluated, ZXTM was easy to install – it required no tech support – and setting up clusters was a snap. Once installed, it just worked.”

"ZXTM is an elegant tool for managing the requests sent to the GreatSchools.net website,” said Christopher Shumway, Systems Administrator for GreatSchools. “It enables us to manage application demand, bandwidth usage and performance, and administration can be done securely from a web browser using an SSL connection. The performance of ZXTM over our Apache reverse-caching proxy servers is phenomenal; we’ve measured nearly a 600% increase in transactions serviced on the same hardware!"

“Zeus is very pleased to support GreatSchools in the education of children across America,” said Paul Brennan, Chairman of Zeus Technology. “With rich content, such as a library of research materials, more than 600 articles, and profiles for over 125,000 schools, GreatSchools shares many of the same challenges as commercial websites. Keeping this information available for parents is a valuable service to the community and one that Zeus is happy to contribute to in our own way.”

About GreatSchools

GreatSchools Inc. is an independent, non-profit organization working to improve K-12 education by inspiring parents to get involved. Its online media property, GreatSchools.net, is the nation's premier provider of K-12 school information, reaching 33 million users last year, an estimated reach into 33% of the nation's K-12 households. GreatSchools’ content powers the Internet's leading media organizations including MSN Encarta, Yahoo!, LATimes.com, SFGate.com, SignOnSanDiego.com, DisneyFamily.com, MSN Encarta, Media News Group, and more than 85 top Web sites nationwide. GreatSchools provides school information on its free Web site, GreatSchools.net, and through its free email newsletters thanks to the support of foundations and corporations that understand the importance of parent involvement in a child's education.
www.greatschools.net

About Zeus Technology
With over ten years’ industry experience, Zeus Technology develops application traffic management software, dramatically improving network and web-enabled applications making them run faster, more reliably, more securely and making them easier to manage.

The Zeus solutions enable organizations to intelligently manage their applications, streamline operations and provide a seamless end-user experience.

As the only pure software traffic management solution, the Zeus products are flexible whatever your deployment environment; a purpose-built Zeus appliance, standard servers, blades, or even virtualized environments.

Zeus holds strategic partnerships with world-class companies such as AMD, Dell, Egenera, HP, IBM, Intel, Sun Microsystems, Qualcomm and VMware. Zeus powers over 1 million sites across the world and provides web infrastructure solutions to over 800 customers including, BT, China Telecom, Hotel.de, NASA, PLAY.COM, Federal Railroads Administration, ifs School of Finance, STA Travel, Strategic Command and Virgin Holidays.

For more information, please visit: www.zeus.com

Published on: 12:00AM on 24th July 2007