Bull supports Radio France is its all-digital strategy
Radio France is constantly fine-tuning itself to the new ways in which its listeners consume its output. Over the years, Radio France – which has made a clear commitment to an all-digital future – has become a leader in offering radio podcasts and has established itself on the social networks where it has met real success with, of all things, its videos!
In an age when the dissemination of information is undergoing radical transformation, with Bull’s help Radio France is rethinking one of the core elements of its digital strategy: its communications infrastructure.
This huge change is taking place against a backdrop of the refurbishment of its iconic headquarters, which began in 2004. As digital technology becomes more widespread, the way radio is used changes, and new demands are being placed on the business, updating the network is an integral part of a massive program, designed to deliver high levels of added value, at the core of Radio France’s business.
Towards a unified, secure communications infrastructure
The challenge of going digital is all about sharing information in real time, at every stage in its lifecycle: gathering, mixing, storage, digitalizing, dissemination and so on. Only a truly unified infrastructure, incorporating all information flows – no matter whether their content is digital-based or broadcast – can respond to this need for convergence by guaranteeing power, security, consistency and scalability.
Radio France has awarded Bull the overall engineering contract for this integration and migration project, including the total overhaul of the LAN network architecture. The project, which is highly strategic to Radio France’s business, involves overcoming a major challenge: to put in place a new network core while ensuring that the existing system continues to work as well as ever, without disruption.
Security and service continuity: the cornerstones of the project
Service availability is an absolute priority for this public service radio station, which is subject to intense constraints in terms of broadcasting continuity. So securing the various environments involved and improving service continuity mechanisms are essential components of the project, in line with the customer’s disaster recovery and business continuity planning.
The new unified, virtualized and secure network architecture proposed by Bull uses highly innovative equipment and enables several logical cores to be created on the same physical piece of hardware. This means the network architecture can become a platform for critical projects, such as IP telephony, server virtualization and storage, while also delivering cost and energy benefits.
Bull: actively driving innovation
As a partner from the first stage of Radio France’s digitalization – with the implementation of a dedicated computing network – Bull has worked with the customer over a number of years to support its business transformation. “Bull is a trusted partner, with an excellent ability to understand our environment, and master the complexity and constraints of our projects,” explains Patrick Fasso, Deputy Director of Technical Resources at Radio France.
This integration project marks a new phase in the relationship, as Bull helps the customer move towards innovative technologies. “Bull has brought real value to us, by suggesting a complete overhaul of the architecture. This unified, optimized and scalable infrastructure delivers all the power and security we need to respond, in real time, to the constraints we face,” concludes Patrick Fasso.
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