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Runtastic IT

About 60 million people around the world use Runtastic fitness apps and each day, up to new 150,000 users are added. They upload about a million activities per day on the servers. This requires a particularly powerful IT infrastructure

Runtastic IT

Runtastic is an Austrian success story. Even the new Apple-Watch will be advertised with the fitness app. Meanwhile, the offer of this company founded in 2009 includes a variety of fitness tracking apps for several smartphone operating systems. The flagship app is available in 16 languages. This calls for an extremely high-capacity IT infrastructure that is both high-performance and always available on the one hand while at the same time offering sufficient flexibility to allow new services to be launched. Kapsch BusinessCom revamped Runtastic’s IT system during the last year. The new virtualization stack consists primarily of open source software components, and a total of 100 Cisco servers are in use for the complete solution. Due to the complete virtualization of all services load peaks that occur mainly at weekends and in the summer months, can be well balanced. These peaks are enormous. At database level up to 30,000 SQL queries per second and knot are recorded.

“We are very satisfied with Kapsch as a partner who continually supports us evolving our infrastructure,” says Rene Giretzlehner, CTO and founder of runtastic. In Austria there are hardly any comparable applications to fall back on their experience. Once the number of users were still small, it was relatively easy for the developers of runtastic were to add new services. Meanwhile, they are encouraged to design services so that they work on resources. When introducing major technological changes Runtastic resorted to the expertise of Kapsch experts.

The quantity of data that is processed at Runtastic within an extremely brief period of time is enormous. We were determined to rise to the challenge of designing and implementing a solution able to meet this high standard of performance,” stated Jochen Borenich, MBA and COO of Kapsch BusinessCom. In the present case, a broad spectrum of varying software solutions had to be integrated into the new environment. This was accomplished without compromising ongoing operations. Kapsch expects introduction of the new services that are in the pipeline at Runtastic to proceed just as smoothly.

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