Scalable Storage and Servers Enable On Demand Entertainment

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Additional storage operational in less than one hour with no interruption to service

New scalable storage and servers supported by a high performance storage and data management system at The British Internet Broadcast Company (BIBC), enable rapid expansion and distribution of its online video and music library - already the UKs largest efficiently, cost effectively and without operational downtime. 

Design, implementation, configuration and support of the innovative solution is provided by High Performance Computing integrator OCF plc. 

Instantly providing BIBC with the capability to expand to hundreds of Terabytes (TB) of storage the equivalent of 10s of thousands of online videos - BIBC uses scaleable IBM storage which can expand quickly as it continues to source more video and music content from more content owners such as ITV and Ministry of Sound.

Managed by the IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS), additional storage can be added and operational in less than one hour with no interruption to users or applications and without increasing management overheads. 

IBM servers enable BIBC to maintain distribution of online video and music through Internet Service Providers, online retailers and set-top boxes instantly to meet consumer demand.  Also a scalable solution, if BIBC requires a performance increase it can quickly add more servers.       

The system built by OCF enables us to continue increasing our library of online video by hundreds of thousands of items without the headache that comes with a traditional storage solution, says Paul Hague, Managing Director, BIBC.

Technology

The storage and server solution consists of eight IBM BladeCenter LS21 blade servers; one IBM TotalStorage DS4700 with two EXP810 Expansion Units fully loaded with 500GB SATA-II drives and IBMs General Parallel File System with two IBM System x3650 GPFS servers.

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