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Virtualisation proves to be just the tonic for medical publisher

16 January 2017

More than 60 journals are published by BMJ from a grade II-listed building it shares with its parent, the British Medical Association, in Kings Cross.

It started in 1840 with the publication of The Provincial Medical and Surgical Journal. Now BMJ (shortened from British Medical Journal in 1998) also has offices in China, India, Singapore, US and Wales. As well as publications, it runs events and training and recruitment services.

Over time, BMJ’s IT infrastructure had grown organically as new sites, applications and features were commissioned. However as it expanded, it increasingly built a technical debt. Head of operations Alex Hooper says: “In a way, we were victims of our own success. The technology department’s focus was on getting the new products to market and there was little time to go back and revise the architecture. An expiring hosting contract and the subsequent review of hosting providers gave us an opportunity to pay off that technical debt and to design for the future.”

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Speedy find and fix to avoid deadline disasters

16 January 2017

Revenues suffer if deadlines are missed, even by a few minutes, at The Times, The Sun and The Sunday Times. The publisher, News UK, decided to overhaul its on-premises IT infrastructure after experiencing multiple unforeseen instances of downtime from service failures and interruptions.

It also realised that its ageing and disparate monitoring applications were performing poorly. Issues were taking too long to identify, and fixing them involved numerous employees from different parts of the company.

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Redstor design the perfect backup solution for brand management agency Integrity

30 January 2014

Integrity is a brand management agency based in a converted barn in the Kent countryside. Offering unique ‘Brand Programming’ services, the agency develop, implement and maintain a consistent brand experience for clients spanning the public and private sectors, including names such as HMRC, Volkswagen, Waitrose and Virgin Media.

Creative design and development is at the heart of Integrity’s client projects. On a daily basis, Integrity creates and adapts large files in a wide variety of file formats for each of their clients. Numerous design revisions exist on files to suit varying project briefs and these are regularly altered and updated. With regular changes to file types and numerous files of a significant data size, effective, regular and fail-safe data backup is a necessity for the business.

Integrity had previously been using a series of USB drives to back up the 1.5TB of data stored on the company’s file servers. At semi-regular intervals, USB drives were used to backup customer design projects and the process was time consuming and unstructured.

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Warehouse wireless LAN provides always on, secure coverage Harper Collins

30 January 2014

With a heritage stretching back nearly 200 years, Harper-Collins is one of the world’s chief English-language publishers. As one of the first trade publishers to digitise its content, HarperCollins have created a global digital warehouse to protect the rights of its authors, meet consumer demand and generate additional business opportunities.

Due to the size of the HarperCollins warehouse and its sheer volume of stock, the existing network infrastructure was proving insufficient. The coverage across the warehouse was inadequate and this alone was creating a host of communication problems for staff therefore, costing the company hours of man time and increasing resource budgets.

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Take 1 transcription supports business growth with tailored IT outsourcing service and flexible infrastructure platform

30 January 2014

Take 1 Transcription is a leading provider of transcription, captioning and translation services to all the major production companies, subtitling studios and networks in the UK and the USA.

With a dedicated team and a network of trusted transcribers ready to meet any timeframe, they process over 50,000 hours of content per year. The company’s UK head office is in Cranbrook, Kent, and there are additional office locations in London, Hollywood and Santiago.

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