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Fastly's Innovative Technology Boosts The Weather Company's User Experience

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Technology Category
  • Automation & Control - Human Machine Interface (HMI)
  • Sensors - Camera / Video Systems
Applicable Industries
  • Transportation
Applicable Functions
  • Logistics & Transportation
  • Product Research & Development
Use Cases
  • Last Mile Delivery
The Challenge
The Weather Company, a premier provider of accurate weather forecasts, insights, and alerts, serves over 400 million monthly active users worldwide. The company's primary challenge is managing the scale and volume of its user base, which peaks during severe weather events such as hurricanes or winter storms. The company needed a robust configuration, setup, and technology to support its users, particularly in delivering video technology and handling hundreds of millions of requests daily. These requests are crucial as users rely on them to make quick decisions during severe weather conditions.
About The Customer
The Weather Company, an IBM Business, is a leading provider of weather forecasts, insights, and alerts. It serves over 400 million monthly active users worldwide, providing them with accurate and reliable weather data. The company's services are particularly crucial during severe weather events, where users rely on its data to make quick, potentially life-saving decisions. The Weather Company's services also impact various businesses and industries, as well as everyday users' daily lives, by providing a meaningful data set for decision-making.
The Solution
The Weather Company partnered with Fastly, a leading edge cloud platform, to address its challenges. Fastly's resilient and innovative technology, coupled with its dedicated team, made it the ideal choice for The Weather Company. Fastly's solutions have been instrumental in delivering video technology and managing API calls. The company also migrated a service to Fastly seamlessly. Fastly's technology ensures a 99.9% uptime, which is critical for The Weather Company's users who need real-time, reliable weather information, especially during severe weather events. The Weather Company was also one of the first to move GraphQL and JavaScript to the edge, expanding its edge compute capabilities.
Operational Impact
  • The partnership with Fastly has significantly improved The Weather Company's operational efficiency and user experience. Fastly's resilient technology and innovative solutions have enabled The Weather Company to manage the scale and volume of its user base effectively, particularly during peak times. The 99.9% uptime ensures that users have access to critical weather information without any friction, which is crucial during severe weather events. The company's ability to deliver video technology and handle API calls has also been enhanced. Furthermore, the partnership has fostered a collaborative environment, with both companies working together to define processes, governance, and the best way to make it work at the edge and at scale as they move into the future.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Maintained a 99.9% uptime in video delivery, ensuring reliable and real-time weather information for users.
  • Handled hundreds of millions of requests daily, catering to the needs of over 400 million monthly active users.
  • Expanded edge compute capabilities, enabling GraphQL & JavaScript at the edge.

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