blinkbox, the UK’s leading on-demand streaming, provides over 20,000 movie and television titles to over 1,000000 online customers. As you can imagine, the blinkbox movie streaming application servers are critical to the business: (pdf)
There’s no room for error. It is constantly growing and evolving; both the number of users accessing the service and the number of titles that are available for customers to choose from. Application downtime is simply not an option. An important requirement is that the application must be secure in order to maintain the high degree of customer confidence in the blinkbox service.
Sarju Mashru, principal IT operations engineer lead at blinkbox, commented: “For blinkbox, the
application is our business. It has to be available, secure, and provide a seamless user experience.”
To meet the performance and availability demands of its applications, blinkbox has migrated to Microsoft Azure, and secured its applications with the Barracuda Web Application Firewall.
blinkbox began its application overhaul in 2012, when it was introduced to Microsoft Azure’s infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings, which suited the company’s needs perfectly. With security being a top concern for blinkbox when considering moving its data to the cloud, the Barracuda Web Application Firewall integration played a significant role in the decision making process. The exclusive strategic relationship between Barracuda and Microsoft Azure enables organisations to secure their cloud applications with the same high levels of protection used in the most security conscious onpremise data centres. With this in mind, it was an easy decision for blinkbox to migrate its data storage, encoding, web-servers and all of its applications to the Microsoft Azure cloud, protected by the Barracuda Web Application Firewall.
By migrating to Microsoft Azure and securing its applications with Barracuda Web Application Firewall, blinkbox was able to save engineer time and licensing costs. Very little training was needed to learn the new infrastructure. blinkbox estimates that this migration will save the company several million pounds.
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