One in a series about the recipients of the 2012 Radio World “Cool Stuff” Award.
“Replace 50 rack units of gear with two servers and a switch.”
So says ENCO of its “virtualized” automation system ENCO1, intended as a departure from the traditional model used by radio broadcasting.
It uses two specialized servers designed around a unique specification for the radio IT environment, creating a redundant physical environment. Inside, ENCO has created a series of virtual machines that represent your station, or several stations. The company promises that this approach increases efficiency and decreases installation time and costs. See a video explaining the concept in detail at the ENCO website.
The package (servers, software licenses, thin clients, network switches) goes for $7,995 per seat and is currently available in configurations of four to 20 seats.