RTÉ is Ireland’s main public service national television and radio broadcaster, providing comprehensive free-to-air services to the Irish public in Irish and English
RTÉ sought open source technology to support its radio advertising applications, which are integral to the smooth running of the company.
The original Radioman application ran on old hardware running an IBM DB2 database management system. The platform was no longer the most effective system to accommodate the new version of the application and did not deliver the level of stability needed. RTÉ required a high-availability environment that was cost effective and reliable.
RTÉ considered a range of proprietary and open source technologies, specifically seeking technologies capable of delivering an economical, 99.999% high availability environment. It also sought a back-up system to ensure that its operations continued to run smoothly in the face of any complications.
RTÉ’s move toward modernizing its infrastructure came at a time of gaining momentum in Ireland for open source technology as the progressive solution for I.T. challenges in public sector organizations.
RTÉ hosted a competitive public tendering process to find a systems integration partner it could work with to deliver a highly resilient environment in the most economical way possible.
After an extensive review process, Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® proved to be the most stable and cost-effective operating system option.
Red Hat and Sabeo , proposed a campus stretched cluster with DB2 database and a full disaster recovery (DR) contingency environment based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux High Availability Add-On (technology previously known as Red Hat Cluster Suite), both hosted on HPE x86 technologies.
RTÉ chose this solution due to the strong reputation, quality, and capabilities of Red Hat’s offerings and Sabeo’s rich experience in designing, implementing, and supporting similar environments. In addition to this, RTÉ also determined that Red Hat Enterprise Linux met its criteria as the “most economically advantageous tender.”
Michael Connolly, Senior Project Manager, says ” Red Hat has provided exactly what we were looking for — technology that is easy to use, reliable and secure with a viable price point.
Sabeo provides 24/7 support, and Red Hat is also always on stand-by to help in case of any complications which may arise.
Overall, we have been most satisfied with the outcome of this project”