Betfair Changes Server Platform
By philip
Betfair has formally announced today that, after two years of in-house development, it has ditched Microsoft’s ASP (Active Server Pages) in preference for Sun’s J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition). The old site has now been retired after running concurrently with the new java based server platform and over the past several weeks all visitors to have been automatically redirected to the new site.

David Yu, Betfair’s CTO, cited J2EE’s ‘proven enterprise track record’ as the reason for the change adding that the past two years has been spent designing the system whilst gaining an understanding of past usage and future requirements, and continuing to manage the ASP site in terms of innovation and performance.

“Architecturally, we wanted to rewrite our application taking into account what we had learned over the past few years in terms of usage and how the business would expand. Like most software, you eventually outgrow the first version and need to do a clean slate design to get to the next level.

“We wanted to rebuild the site before the platform began to limit growth. Ultimately, we chose J2EE due to its proven enterprise track record, security and maintainability critical for a 24/7 application such as Betfair.”

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