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Siemens introduces new IT infrastructure for the BBC

Siemens Business Services (SBS) is to make fundamental changes to the IT infrastructure at the BBC, rolling out what it calls a 'Digital Fabric' programme and providing an open, specialised, storage solution.

For the new 'Digital Fabric' IT interoperability infrastructure, SBS is producing an analysis and assessment of the BBC's top 200 applications and is introducing an enterprise architecture Integration layer that will allow legacy and future technologies to work together. SBS says the changes will will improve creative efficiencies and reduce costs.

As part of the programme, Siemens wil lalso integrate IBM WebSphere, their enabler to service oriented architecture, which will be tailored to the requirements of the Corporation.

The BBC hopes to benefit from a reduction in the total cost of ownership as well as become a more unified IT organisation with a reduced number of applications and better service delivery as workers will be able to share information and technologies across all of its sites.

In the context of the new storage solution, SBS is partnering with HP to provide the roll out across the corporation a system that has the capability of providing over 16 Peta bytes of storage over the next 10 years.

SBS is confident that the specially designed MediaStorage solution will enable many groups to share, transport and store digital content freely and efficiently and, ultimately, provide them with higher throughput and faster turnaround on programming output.  The solution combines HP StorageWorks XP, EVA and MSA SAN arrays, ESL/E tape libraries and software, along with policy-based data management software from ADIC and HP.

Siemens will integrate HP's MediaStorage solution in to the 'Digital Fabric' interoperability layer, which will allow all production teams to access the same storage solution. In addition, Siemens will provide ongoing support for all users.


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