Radio Television of Serbia builds Virtual Desktop Infrastructure using VMware Infrastructure to deliver press center desktops during Eurovision Song Contest ‘08.
“Amazing Project started on the same day we signed the contract. SAP was implemented temporary on our IT Partner’s COMING-Computer, Engineering and Portable Data Center. The SAP IT infrastructure was ready in two days. After five weeks, the original IT infrastructure was delivered and migrated from temporary Portable Data Center to a new contracted infrastructure without any downtime. This saved us valuable time...”
Branislav Petkov, Chief Information Officer, MSK Kikinda
Since Marija Šerifović won the Eurovision Song Contest for Serbia in May 2007 thus bringing the 2008 competition to the nation’s capital Belgrade, the national broadcasting cooperation Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) had to work at top-speed to prepare everything for this musical spectacle. RTS provided the pictures and sounds for an audience of 250 million watching in 43 participating countries plus Australia and New Zealand. The broadcaster was also responsible for providing the 3,500 accredited journalists with the capability to report and broadcast in real-time using VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). Faced with these challenges, the RTS realised that they would need a data storage solution that could provide the necessary stability and reliability for VMware VDI while maintaining the high-performance levels necessary in a broadcasting scenario. In addition, RTS wanted to deploy the new solution in their data center after the event.
“It is exciting that with the help of HP and its partner Coming-Computer Engineering, we are leading the way for other schools and organisations in Serbia to adopt Cloud Computing technology.” — Svetlana Radoičić, principal, Ratko Mitrovic Elementary School
HP CUSTOMER CASE STUDY: HP Cloud Computing solution shows the way ahead for Serbian schools
HP customer case study: HP c-Class blade servers ensure successful operation of the press centre during the Eurovision Song Contest
“Within just five days, we installed everything and defined all 400 users. The virtual environment also meant that we didn't have to engage as many people for maintenance.” Drago Samardžić, director, COMING Company
The organisation of the Eurovision Song Contest was a logistical challenge. It was necessary to host more than 2,000 people from the delegations of 43 participant countries, while a further 3,500 journalists followed the competition. At the same time, organising the Eurovision Song Contest also presented a technical challenge, it was imperative that the technology in the competition press centre functioned perfectly, and that journalists following the competition had trouble-free Internet access.
Cisco UCS cloud computing platform enables Erste Bank Serbia to reduce costs, carbon, and time-to-market.
Customer Name: Erste Bank a.d. Novi Sad
Industry: Financial Services
Number of Employees: 1000
• 65 percent increase in server utilization, enabling 1:10 consolidation of servers
• 80 percent reduction in energy costs, plus IT savings, providing return on investment within 10 months
• Provisioning cut from several weeks to two hours
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