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2013-01-31

Kanal 75, Sweden’s biggest producer of TV and Internet services for harness racing, has hired Proact to manage the company’s rapidly growing information volumes. Proact has implemented a completely new storage solution in order to meet Kanal 75’s needs.

Kanal 75 is a wholly owned subsidiary of ATG (Aktiebolaget Trav & Galopp). ATG supports equestrian sports in Sweden and is the coordinating body for gambling involving harness racing and horse racing. Kanal 75 produces more than 100 hours of horse racing broadcasts every week which appear on Swedish TV, at the premises of ATG representatives and on ATG.se. The various services are available through digital TV, HD-TV, online TV, etc.

Kanal 75 has been working for a long time on a major modernisation project for its technical solutions for media production. Its storage solution has a central part to play in this regard, and the company has opted to purchase storage as a service from Proact. This means that Kanal 75 will only pay for the storage it actually uses.

“Outsourcing our storage solution was a strategic decision on our part. This will allow us to focus on our core business and allow professionals in the field of information management to deal with it,” says Johan Eriksson, Head of Technology at Kanal 75.

Kanal 75 creates recorded and live broadcasts from more than a thousand harness races and horse races in Sweden every year. The race videos are transmitted to the production centre and processed for further distribution. This company has stringent demands in terms of access, and it needs to be able to access, process, move and archive large amounts of information easily and quickly.

Proact manages Kanal 75’s storage requirements using a clustered storage solution which has been specially developed to handle what is known as Big Data, or large volumes of unstructured data. Data growth has increased sharply, in terms of both increasing file sizes and numbers of files, since the decision was made to produce material in new formats and HD quality. This placed considerable demands on the Proact solution. EMC’s Isilon was eventually selected, and Kanal 75 is one of the first companies in the Nordic region to use this solution.

“This is an exciting solution and will help many of our customers to cope with the challenges involved in managing large, unstructured data volumes. This solution, which is mirrored, also has an integrated snapshot function which, besides eliminating traditional backups, will give Kanal 75 very high uptime levels and strong disaster recovery,” says Lena Eskilsson, Regional Manager at Proact.

For further information, please contact:

Lena Eskilsson, Regional Manager, Proact IT Sweden AB
Tel.: +46 (0) 8 410 667 01, e-mail: lena.eskilsson@proact.se

Johan Eriksson, Head of Technology, Kanal 75
Tel.: +46 (0) 8 475 2303, e-mail: johan.eriksson@kanal75.se

About Proact 

Proact is Europe's leading independent storage integrator and cloud services enabler. Delivering business agility since 1994 Proact help organisations across the globe reduce risk, reduce cost and most importantly deliver flexible, available and highly secure IT services.

Proact’s solutions cover all aspects of data storage, virtualisation, networking and security - with over 3,500 projects successfully delivered and 10PB of data under management in the Proact Enterprise Cloud.

The Proact Group has more than 650 employees and conducts business in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Proact was founded in 1994 and its parent company, Proact IT Group AB (publ) has been listed on Nasdaq OMX Stockholm since 1999 under the symbol PACT.

Additional information about Proact is available at www.proact.eu

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