The Financial Times (FT) expects to its slash print distribution and office support costs by 20 per cent by deploying a redesigned £3.5m wide area network (Wan) connecting its global office and print sites.
Over the past nine months the newspaper has been planning the migration of its core Wan, currently a BT-supplied frame relay infrastructure, to a multi-protocol label switching-based IP virtual private network.
This will deliver increased operational flexibility and reduce distribution costs. The FT has kept BT on as its supplier, after the telco won a competitive tender for the contract.
Ian Cohen, group IT director at the FT, said: "In the last 30 years we haven't missed an edition; something we pride ourselves on.
"Keeping this record intact while migrating our core network to technologies that offer greater flexibility is vital."
This latest technology upgrade at the FT closely follows a project to implement on-demand server technology with a pay-as-you-go pricing model.
The newspaper installed a 54-processor Solaris-based Primepower 2000 server from Fujitsu Siemens. Cohen said he expected the FT to save £1m over the next three years through the system.
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