Yoomedia - System Redevelopment

YooMedia provide interactive TV products for leading digital network operators and broadcasters. They are an established provider of interactive digital TV solutions having developed their own interactive chat and games portal - "YooMe 2". They have also developed a successful range of games, chat and dating solutions for satellite, cable and terrestrial broadcasters.

Project Requirements
To deliver a solution for an Interactive TV Chat and Games Portal for the Liberate iTV platform in use at Telewest, reusing some software and hardware components from previous projects wherever possible.

The Solution
This was built on top of a "no-single-point-of-failure" hosted architecture built for YooMedia by Layer3 Systems as part of a previous project

It consists of a number of clusters - the first being load-balanced and the remaining 3 being active/passive

1. A cluster of 6 servers running RedHat Linux, Apache web servers and the Tomcat Java Servlet Container delivers the applications to the consumers
2. A cluster of 2 servers running RedHat Linux, Apache web servers and PHP handles the system administration functionality.
3. A cluster of 2 Windows 2000 servers running ASP provides the moderation interface for the chat service.
4. Backend database services are provided by a Windows 2000 cluster running SQLServer 2000.

Benefits
• Use of Open-Source software wherever possible enabled capital expenditure to be kept to a minimum - £75000 saving!
• The extensibility of the existing hosted architecture minimised costs and enabled rapid deployment of the new service - £2.5m contractual win!
• Flexibility in design allowed the maximum re-use of software and hardware.
• Choice of best-of-breed open and closed source components for maximum stability, performance and flexibility.