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High fidelity storage and archiving for Lithuanian Radio and Television

Posted on 05 October 2010 by Pierre Picard

In order to protect and capitalize on its heritage, the national broadcaster Lithuanian Radio and Television (LRT) turned to Bull to build a comprehensive solution for digitizing, storing and archiving its sound recordings.

Digital technologies are enabling audio-visual groups to improve the conservation and protection, as well as the continued use, of their heritage. However, in order to offer new services without being overwhelmed by the amount of data, and while keeping cost under control, it is essential to implement a global solution, covering the digitization, storage and archiving of content.

It was just this kind of infrastructure that Lithuanian Radio and Television (LRT) wanted to put in place, to protect its very rich and constantly expanding legacy of sound recordings, and get the greatest value from them. As a public body, LRT broadcast its first radio programs in 1926, and its television service began in 1957. Nowadays it operates two television channels and three radio stations, as well as providing on-line services (podcasts, streaming…). LRT had three key aims: to implement a digitizing solution for its sound recordings, some of them dating back over 50 years; to build a storage infrastructure that enables its content to be accessed by internal and external users alike; and to develop an archiving solution to ensure that its recordings are preserved.

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In the tendering process, LRT was won over by Bull’s proposal, which put forward a comprehensive solution based in a choice of highly appropriate and complementary technologies. From the Bull NovaScale® and Escala® servers to the Cisco network, from the workstations to the Overland tape drives, Bull will implement a complete, turn-key solution that meets both LRT’s current and future needs. In particular, Bull will use the very latest VMware virtualization technologies to build an infrastructure that offers very high levels of availability, optimizes the use of resources and is very easy to administer. On the storage front, the Bull teams will use a hierarchical storage management (HSM) solution that combines the functionality of the Bull Calypso software suite and the EMC Celerra platform to optimize the system depending on needs and constraints.

This reliable, scalable and rapidly implemented global solution for digitizing, storing and archiving sound documents will fully meet LRT’s requirements. And in Bull, the company has found a rigorous and skilled partner. “Bull has successfully designed a solution that is tailored to our needs; selecting and integrating the best technological components. We have been impressed by Bull’s professionalism throughout the tendering process. The quality of its teams involved in the implementation has been excellent,” commented Sigitas Baltutis, IT manager at LRT.

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