Sun, Java Win Starring Roles With HBO

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2003-06-13 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

HBO will standardize on Java for its video network systems, and Sun will provide the infrastructure for a digital programming repository to handle program content for 15 HBO and Cinemax networks.

SAN FRANCISCO—Sun Microsystems Inc. is getting into the movie business with a new deal the company announced Friday. During his keynote presentation at here, Sun CEO Scott McNealy is expected to announce that Sun and Home Box Office Inc., of New York, have struck a deal where the cable TV powerhouse will standardize on Java for its video network systems and Sun will provide the infrastructure for a digital programming repository to handle program content for 15 HBO and Cinemax networks over the next three years.
The Sun-based system will move HBO from a tape-based server platform to a more reliable digital server architecture, company officials said.
The new HBO system consists of two Sun Fire 6800 servers and two Sun StorEdge 9980 systems, the company said. The Sun-powered HBO digital programming repository is capable of handling up to 50 terabytes, or 5,000 hours, of content, Sun officials said. It also features a constant data rate of above 300MB per second, with peak performance of 900MB per second, they said.
 
 
 
 
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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