Jesta Digital Runs Back-Office Operations with Just Five IT Staff While Ensuring Highly Available Digital Entertainment Platforms
 
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Jesta Digital Runs Back-Office Operations with Just Five IT Staff While Ensuring Highly Available Digital Entertainment Platforms

With offices in Berlin, Los Angeles, and New York City and operations throughout the world, Jesta Digital GmbH is one of the largest companies in the digital entertainment sector, delivering compelling products and services to millions of consumers at home and on the go. The company started as an internet gateway to bring business, news, and e-mail services to wireless users under the Jamba brand, and the company soon became one of the leading mobile device and digital content and application providers. Jesta Digital is home to a number of well-known and established brands, which deliver branded content, music, games, and applications to millions of mobile consumers.

Sold in 2004 to VeriSign Inc. in a deal valued at US$273 million, the company became a joint venture between News Corporation and VeriSign in 2006 to form the world’s largest provider of mobile entertainment—Fox Mobile Group. In 2010, the company was acquired by London-based Jesta Group to become Jesta Digital. Despite its young age, the company has achieved numerous chart successes with its custom mobile applications and digital characters.

 
 

 
 

Challenges

A word from Jesta Digital GmbH

  • “The design of our IT landscape demanded intricate planning and a corresponding initial expenditure in Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. Now, this investment is reaping impressive dividends in our day-to-day operations—from important cost savings, to much increased business agility.” – Claudius Michalk, Director Business Systems Technology, Jesta Digital GmbH

  • Reduce cost of IT operations and maintenance following independence from a global media conglomeration
  • Ensure 24/7 delivery of branded content, music, games, and applications to millions of mobile consumers and improve customer support
  • Improve back-office agility to meet rapidly changing business needs, including being able to define and create customized operational standards and system templates for specific mobile-service offerings

Solutions

  • Ensured high availability of back-office systems—which include Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Fusion Middleware—with 24/7 support of more than 20 virtual machines, including 15 servers with network support and five servers with premier support
  • Reduced IT administration and maintenance costs with enterprise-class, low-cost Oracle Linux support, enabling the company to maintain and develop cost-efficient back-office systems with just five IT team members
  • Achieved higher performance for the Oracle technology stack and back-office applications on HP hardware to support front-end applications, such as branded music, games, and other digital content, resulting in 100% uptime of production systems since June 2012
  • Enabled faster server setup with Oracle VM, cloning a new server within two minutes to take over the workload of a machine that is reaching maximum transactional volume and better cope with financial transaction volumes that reflect the strong growth rates in mobile entertainment offerings
  • Required fewer software licenses, thanks to optimized hardware partitioning facilitated by Oracle VM—reducing software costs
  • Enabled cost-effective development of a custom backup framework for all servers, enabling faster recovery times and increased availability in the event of a system failure by simply restoring a virtual machine from backup
  • Leveraged the flexibility offered by Oracle Linux to define customized operational standards—such as a customized Linux 5.8, based on Oracle VM Just Enough Operating System (JeOS) and simple deployment of prepackaged virtual machines using Oracle VM Templates—to achieve greater business agility
  • Realized maintenance jobs, such as patching much faster in the virtualized environment than on physical servers

Why Oracle

“Jesta Digital was a former Red Hat customer. Oracle Linux provides the same source code and binaries plus better support and lower total cost of ownership, so we decided to move to Oracle Linux,” said Claudius Michalk, Director Business Systems Technology, Jesta Digital GmbH.