projects & agreements Sky improves storage efficiencies with Veritas Technologies Since partnering with Veritas Technologies Sky has increased efficiency and freed staff time to focus on strategic IT transformation projects using NetBackup, NetBackup Appliances and Information Map. To help other customers achieve similar success, Veritas has announced today that it is offering a free trial of the Information Map for qualifying NetBackup customers. Sky is one of Europe’s leading entertainment companies that relies heavily on technology to provide the broadest range of content to its 22 million users. To improve service delivery, Sky prioritised visibility into its company data and being able to back up and quickly recover business critical information. However, the reliance on some legacy tape based back up systems resulted in IT scaling issues and staff inefficiencies. Through the NetBackup Converged Platform, Sky is able to protect its information, and at the same time, identify opportunities throughout its environment to optimise information storage and reduce risk in as little as 24 hours. 42 BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL USES DATAPIPE TO BUILD THE FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE The British Medical Journal (BMJ) has used Datapipe to help initiate a radical change within its organisation. BMJ started out over 170 years ago as a medical journal. Now as a global brand, BMJ has expanded to encompass 60 specialist medical and allied science journals with millions of readers. BMJ has moved its digital platform to a fully automated shared-nothing architecture with virtualised infrastructure. In doing so, it has brought a new culture of sustainable development and continuous integration to the organisation. BMJ’s story is a familiar one: Its infrastructure had grown organically over time as new sites, applications and features were commissioned. However, as it grew it increasingly built a technical debt. BMJ had become a 24/7 organisation in recent years and its product portfolio had become international in profile, so the capacity and availability for allowing downtime – scheduled or otherwise – was diminishing. It needed to change its culture and move to a sustainable development cycle of continuous integration and automation. However, it was also used to being in control and keeping everything in-house, so it needed a managed service provider (MSP) who could work in true partnership. Atheon Analytics and Exasol build a backpack sized server cluster for analytics Exasol and Atheon Analytics have released a fast commodity hardware based four server analytics database cluster that can be dismantled and transported in a backpack. The simple setup uses offthe-shelf mini PCs and has a bespoke network switch rack made out of Lego. Atheon Analytics has developed the innovative solution primarily to run its in-house development cluster. Atheon found that by using equipment that costs less than two months’ cloud hosting, it could create a full production-comparable cluster that is capable of running all its development needs and sits on a table in the corner of the office. Atheon Analytics found the enterprise levels of support offered by cloud providers were unnecessary for a development workload. It also found that having kit on-premise brings the cluster to life and allows users to test how the environment copes with exceptions. To simulate a disk failure, it can simply unplug the disk. To simulate a server failure, it can simply turn off a machine in the cluster. The team is then able to watch how the cluster behaves and ensure it recovers exactly as expected.