Curriculum VitæPersonal and Professional
08 Jun 2017

PGA of America: Built to Defend Against Disaster

Founded in 1916, the PGA of America is the world’s largest working sports organization. It is comprised of approximately 27,000 golf professionals who are dedicated to teaching and growing the game of golf. The organization has enhanced its leadership position by conducting premier spectator events — the PGA Championship, the Ryder Cup, the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf — as well as significant philanthropic outreach initiatives and award-winning golf promotions.

When Hurricane Ike swept across the Gulf in 2008, The PGA of America maintained the availability and uptime of its critical applications thanks to the redundancy of Peak 10’s secure IT infrastructure. That infrastructure — supporting the PGA of America’s critical ticketing applications — was designed and built by Mike Meyer.

Working closely with the PGA of American’s critical infrastructure team, Meyer and the engineering staff of Peak 10’s Louisville, KY operations designed an infrastructure solution that would later withstand the 80+ MPH winds brought to the Valhalla Golf Course hosting the Ryder Cup in Louisville, KY. Following the stellar performance of the infrastructure which allowed the PGA to continue with the event in spite of the unusually damaging local weather event, the PGA engaged with Meyer and team to further deploy more critical infrastructure brought from their HQ in Southern Florida.


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