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TiVo virtualization project speeds insight into TV viewers

Lucas Mearian, Computerworld | April 6, 2011
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Over the past three years, DVR-maker TiVo has undertaken several major IT projects in order to reduce its risk of data loss and virtualize its server environment to boost its partnerships with electronics stores, cable TV operators and television networks.

Along with storage consolidation for TiVo's Oracle 10 and 11 and MySQL databases, the virtual database deployment saved the company $120,000 in the first year by reducing development life-cycle time and increasing the ease and agility of provisioning, Rothschild said. The savings will increase by two and a half times this year as virtual databases are used more often, he added.

"Now we can use that money for other things," Rothschild said. "The best thing of all is saving 20 hours a week per person. For me, human resource time is the most scarce thing. Anytime you can free up people's time, it's great and you get more productivity."


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