Sydney reseller transfers Fox Sports hub with no down time

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Sydney reseller transfers Fox Sports hub with no down time

Sydney integrator ICT Networks has signed a multi-year managed services deal with Fox Sports.

The contract comes off the back of ICT's relocation of Fox Sports from Pyrmont to Gore Hill last year.

The client described the relocation as "changing the wheels of a moving car", said ICT Networks chief executive Robert Kingma.

"We were involved in the design and architecture of the core data centre networking, data centre security, and we did the integration of all of that kit into the business, including the installation of Juniper's QFabric solution."

ICT Networks' remit spanned both Fox Sports' broadcast network and corporate network for the office.

The North Sydney-based integrator worked closely with project management firm Grass Valley to relocate Fox Sports' HQ across Sydney.

According to ICT Networks, Fox Sports is growing by 2-petabytes per day and the size of files being bounced around the network is typically 1TB.

To make the stakes even higher, the broadcaster couldn't risk any downtime on the network.

Kingma said: "They stayed within production the whole way through this build, so we extended their network from Pyrmont into Gore Hill and kept the whole production network running while we were moving.

"Their internet infrastructure – which was coming in via Pyrmont – we extended that to St Leonards and kept that running until we built a new gateway, then we did 'cutover'.

"The whole network stayed live and they didn’t lose any minutes of on-air," added Kingma.

The project has led into a managed service deal for ICT Networks, based on a one-year contract with two one-year extensions.

"We had completed the build by December 2012 and stayed there ever since in maintenance mode."

The relocation saw Fox Sports switch out Cisco Nexus 7000 hardware to be replaced by Juniper Networks gear, said Kingma – particularly significant because of Cisco's dominant share of the broadcast sector worldwide.

Kingma said: "QFabric is new to the market; everyone goes with Cisco in the broadcast market."

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