20th Century Fox taps HP for cloud, to reduce data center footprint by 70%

20th Century Fox (Fox) has selected HP as its strategic cloud partner.

Fox’s cloud initiative will enable IT to offer cost-effective services to the Fox Business Units that leverage the Fox Enterprise Media Framework (EMF), a set of capabilities for managing, collaborating and distributing media assets globally.

Following the cloud deployment, Fox will reduce data center footprint by 70 percent.

In addition, the company will also cut traditional compute and storage provisioning from five weeks to 15 minutes.

Fox is expected to shift 50 percent of IT resources from commodity support to global service brokering.

“We continue to build upon our world-class digital supply chain by transforming into a cloud-enabled enterprise, providing the scalability and agility our business partners demand,” said John Herbert, executive vice president and chief information officer, 20th Century Fox.

Fox’s cloud enterprise framework will be powered by an HP CloudSystem Enterprise including HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage, HP Cloud Service Automation, and HP Database and Middleware Automation to deliver cloud pooling of resources.

HP says that this will allow Fox to provide real- time consumption and capacity monitoring, resulting in transparent and competitive cost structures. Fox also plans to use the bursting capability of HP CloudSystem to burst to HP’s public cloud when peak demand requires additional capacity.

Zone-defined cloud security will allow Fox to create high-security cloud zones for media management and content distribution, delivering the full flexibility of a digital enterprise while mitigating the risk.

Unique cloud zone security profiles will be used for marketing, publicity and production content. These security cloud zones will be underpinned by solutions from the HP Enterprise Security portfolio.

“20th Century Fox has taken a visionary approach, building its cloud infrastructure for the future,” said Bill Veghte, chief operating officer, HP. “They are disrupting the traditional IT delivery methods and transforming themselves from a builder to a broker of IT services.”

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