MSN Sankei launches new photo archive in the cloud
BY PAUL QUIGLEY
ECM Plus +++ Microsoft’s Japanese media outlet MSN Sankei News has just taken the wraps off its cloud-based service to operate its photograph publishing and sharing site.
According to CMS vendor Sitecore, using the Windows Azure platform for the content delivery and management of Sitecore’s software, MSN Sankei News was able create and launch the photo site in ten weeks.
The cloud-based architecture, Sitecore added, will also cut the website’s management cost by over 60 percent, the company claimed.
“We are new to Sitecore’s Content Management System and the Windows Azure Platform and are very delighted with Sitecore’s high-level of technical service” commented Ryuichi Togo, senior producer, product management group at MSN Consumer & Online in Japan.
MSN Sankei Photo is designed to handle more than 20 million page views per month with massive amounts of data and high quality photos.
Sitecore said the Windows Azure Platform enables it to extend its solution to the cloud, offering users the ability to scale websites to new territories and respond to changes in demand. Organisations can extend websites to any of six Microsoft cloud data centres located all around the world.
“The launch of the MSN Sankei Photo portal demonstrates the power of cloud computing,” said Michael Seifert, chief executive officer, Sitecore. “The Sitecore and Microsoft partnership around the Windows Azure Platform empowers businesses to create global Web experiences that are highly responsive and cost-effective.”