Ubuntu powers online presence for Heart FM, Capital FM and Classic FM

Global Radio uses Ubuntu to steamline management and enhance user experience

Summary

Global Radio, the home of Heart FM, Capital FM and Classic FM, XFM, Choice FM, BigTop40 and LBC is the UK’s premier radio company. To give listeners 24-hour access to the news and music they want, it operates major websites for each of its national brands. Until recently, a mix of disparate infrastructure was used to support each site, which increased management complexity and costs. To address the issue, Global Radio has deployed a centralised, service-oriented web infrastructure to support all of its major sites. Every layer of the new infrastructure runs on Ubuntu, which supports the company’s chosen hardware infrastructure out of the box. As well as significantly streamlining management, the Ubuntu-based infrastructure is extremely stable. What’s more, Global Radio can now spin up new physical and virtual servers in real time to handle peaks in user demand.