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Security for the multimedia world: Mediencampus Leipzig relies on gateProtect

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Unbeatable flexibility and superior support from gateProtect

Media campus Leipzig, which was opened in 2006, was designed specifically to provide training and professional development in the field of digital media. It makes sound and TV studios and computers available to journalists and media creators for the professional production and editing of multimedia content. As part of the Leipzig Master‘s Programme for Media Studies, the University of Leipzig in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur) in Leipzig and the Media Foundation of the Leipzig Savings Bank offers three courses at Master‘s level: Web Content Management (web journalism and content management), Crossmedia Publishing (CMP) and New Media Journalism (NMJ). In order to ensure that the courses reflect real practice as much as possible, the teaching staff is drawn from various universities and from the media.

During the construction work on the new media campus, tenders for various IT projects were put out, including a firewall project. The latter was intended to serve the segmentation of the in-house network infrastructure into three areas and their protection from unauthorised or harmful access from outside.

The Solution
A gateProtect GPX 800 Enterprise solution was installed and configured in just half a day. Whilst the employees‘ internal network is sealed off like the IT infrastructure of a bank, the students have unrestricted access to the Internet per WLAN and can send and receive e-mails.In the meantime, the internal network for the building‘s control systems has been safeguarded with the gateProtect UTM solution; technicians such as sound engineers frequently have to access this from outside. „As we have had practically no system problems, I can concentrate fully on the administration itself, even though our company headquarters are around 100 kilometres from the Mediencampus. Around 90% of my work consists of changes to configurations, in order to authorise access to network ports for example, the remainder involves firmware updates.“

„It is not an exaggeration to say that the support offered by gateProtect is unparalleled. The service levels are not merely writing on a piece of paper, which is the case with many other suppliers, but you can rely on the company to keep to them. Working with gateProtect, we have been able to solve every problem within two hours,“ says Heiko Pälecke.

Faronics Power Save and Caixa Manlleu

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Caixa Manlleu is a prosperous, modern financial organization that has been in business for more than 100 years. They have a network of over 100 offices throughout Catalonia and Madrid and hold a seat on the stock exchange where they operate in the national and international financial markets.

Caixa Manlleu has maintained a strong environmental policy for many years. Because of the growing awareness on environmental responsibility, Caixa Manlleu has incorporated the following sustainability principles into its corporate agenda:

  • Promote and inform the people working for Caixa Manlleu, or acting on its behalf, about the environmental policy.
  • Ensure employees and subcontracted personnel understand the environmental impacts generated by Caixa Manlleu activities.
  • Learn about the applicable environmental legislation as well as the compromises that Caixa Manlleu may undertake relating to the environment to guarantee compliance.
  • Develop an environmental management program for continuous improvement and the prevention of contamination.

In line with the environmental policy, the Director of Systems of Caixa Manlleu, Mr. Joan Pi, began searching for a cost saving energy strategy for its network of 500 workstations.

Through Qualiteasy, a Preferred Partner in Spain, Joan familiarized himself with the energy saving software developed by Faronics called Power Save (Power Saving). Caixa Manlleu began testing Power Save during the summer of 2009.

This comprehensive testing was conducted on 68 workstations, each with different saving policies applicable at four different times in the day. Any challenges encountered during testing were resolved with the latest version of Power Save and Faronics Core, the management console for Power Save. One of the main improvements to the product was the ability to keep Power Save tasks active for a specified amount of time. This Active Task feature helped to ensure that these tasks would run on all computers even if some were not initially connected to the network. This improvement helped with the implementation of Power Save at Caixa Manlleu.

The data obtained during the test allowed Qualiteasy to estimate that Caixa Manlleu would achieve a return on investment within six months to a year.

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