European Rugby Cup implements state-of-the-art technology infrastructure and digitization solution for the ERC games in a virtual environment
The European Rugby Cup Limited is the governing body for the Heineken Cup and the Amlin Challenge Cup. The company is owned and controlled by the French, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, English and Italian representative unions and rugby clubs involved in the tournaments, each of which receive a percentage of ERC profits and a performance-based payment. ERC Ltd which is based in Dublin has implemented a HP SAN Storage Solution on a VMware platform at the office in order to digitize all ERC games in a virtual environment which will provide leading-edge digital access to both historical archives and current and future games.
“Historically we had all our games recorded on either DVD or VHS”, explains Roger O’Connor, Finance and Administration Manager at ERC. “The storage and accessibility to this media was cumbersome. We needed to have all games stored digitally aend we needed to have our network and infrastructure designed to support our requirements”. ERC’s managed services provider Trilogy Technologies implemented a robust infrastructure which includes SBS 2008 server, HP Server and SAN backbone and VMware for the virtual platform.
Trilogy also installed an Onsite Business Continuity appliance which allows for the fast restore of one or more servers due to a hardware failure onsite. ERC personnel can connect securely from anywhere once they have access to a PC and internet connection. Trilogy also upgraded all ERC’s antivirus, antispam and UPS solutions.
“We now have real-time on-site replication with regard to our email and applications and this allows us to respond quickly in the event of any failure or disaster. If our systems go down, I have the security of knowing that switching to our virtual environment will allow users experience minimum disruption times”, continues Roger. “It represents another step towards development of a digital culture at ERC, and the content itself is quite fascinating. We are now providing leading-edge digital access to both historical archives and current games which from a commercial and operational perspective allows us to refer specific data for refereeing and disciplinary issues”.
The next phase for the European Rugby Cup is to design a Sharepoint solution with Trilogy Technologies for document management and collaboration.
“Accessibility, reliability and availability of information is paramount to success in our business”, concludes Roger. “Trilogy Technologies has given us a highly flexible solution that we can easily grow when it’s needed”.