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BBC looks to SOA for interoperability savings

The BBC is reviewing and re-engineering its top 200 applications with the help of Siemens Business Services as part of an effort to reduce cost and increase efficiency.

The programme, part of a £2bn IT services agreement with Siemens, aims to help legacy and future technologies to interoperate through a service oriented architecture (SOA) based on IBM Websphere middleware.

Last week, the BBC announced a strategic shift that will require the distribution of digital content over a variety of media, including on-demand TV and radio and a more interactive web presence.

The corporation hopes the SOA programme will reduce IT costs through greater interoperability between IT systems. It should also lead to fewer applications and better service delivery, as workers will be able to share information and technologies across all of its sites.

Key benefits for the BBC include a single data set, reduced application support costs and improved end-user service, Siemens said. It would also create a standard platform for the future.

Siemens is also partnering with Hewlett-Packard to provide the BBC with an open storage system capable of providing over 16 petabytes of storage over the next 10 years.

The MediaStorage system, designed for the broadcast and media industries, 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, said Siemens.

The new system combines HP StorageWorks XP, EVA and MSA San arrays, ESL/E tape libraries and software, and policy-based data management software from ADIC and HP. 

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