French broadcaster builds fast, energy-efficient Web portal on Sun GlassFish Platform
By chhandomay on Jul 27, 2009
is a radio broadcaster that owns some of the country's most popular
stations. Thanks to the widespread adoption of broadband Internet,
RTL France is seeing online listening figures grow across several of
its stations. Because of this growth, RTL France decided it needed
to completely rebuild its Windows-based portal and ASP.NET-based
applications to support a larger audience with new services.
RTL France aimed for a solution that would increase reliability and scalability while also building an infrastructure that would be easier to manage, more cost-effective, and more energy-efficient. RTL France needed to replace all network hardware, acquire space at a hosting center, configure transit and peering connections, set up storage area network connections and consolidate separate databases into a centrally managed one. RTL France also needed an application server, and was only interested in open-source solutions that would be highly reliable in a production environment.
(Image courtesy: RTL France )
technologies, and ultimately chose Sun's GlassFish
Enterprise Server. To deploy the solution RTL France needed to
virtualize its servers and chose VMware ESX software running on Sun
Fire X4600 Servers. RTL France also added a Sun
Fire T1000 Server to test applications prior to deployment and
two Sun Fire
T2000 Servers to run the applications in the production
The servers are powered by UltraSPARC T1 processors with CoolThreads technology and run the Solaris 10 Operating System. Sun Fire X4100 and X4100 M2 Servers with AMD Opteron processors are used for batch and other back-end processing. Sun StorageTek QFS Software is used for sharing static file across hosts, and the entire solution is backed by SunSpectrum Platinum Support.
RTL France is pleased with the new solution's performance. Sebastien Thomas, Network and System Manager of RTL France praised the GlassFish solution saying, “Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server delivers a Web infrastructure that can scale easily with demand.” He summarized the value of the Sun solution by saying: “With Sun, we get stability, confidence, and savings in power, costs and time.”
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