New scalable solution for the web browser Opera Mini implemented by Proact

Opera Software has standardised their storage. This ensures more technical value per terabyte (TB), frees up time and reduces costs. 

Opera Software’s browsers ensure 350 million customers the best quality surfing experience – regardless of screen and device. To ensure the best storage for the most important business processes, the company use Proact as strategic advisor and partner. The platforms are deployed at Opera’s data centres in Amsterdam, Reykjavik and Virginia (USA); and are managed from Oslo. The storage solutions are especially there to support Opera Mini (the browser that shrinks webpages by as much as 90 percent), storage from the user environment, and new ventures.

- Over the next few months we will deliver the default browser on Nokia’s new mobile phones and integrate their app market store with our own. This results in us integrating tens of millions new users in our systems, said Anthony Nichols, responsible for procuring technical solutions at Opera.

The partnership between Opera and Proact kicked off in 2013 when a pilot solution was deployed in the data centres on Iceland and in the Netherlands. The platform in Reykjavik was upgraded the summer of 2014. In October a large installation was deployed in the US, and the Netherlands upgraded in January 2015.

-  Scalability and performance was a key differentiator when we decided for new storage platform. It’s important that our infrastructure is as dynamic as possible, and we have for several years invested in software defined solutions with virtualisation and integration towards OpenStack. NetApp supports this with automatic integration and functionality that improves and simplifies. Support and advice from Proact have ensured the best deployment, said Nichols.

Cost per TB, compared to previous solution is significantly lower. Internal IT-experts are also very satisfied that these new solutions take less time and are easier to administrate.

Nichols explains that the technology platform is essential when the various business units are to ensure profitability from their products and services. Even the smallest costs may have big implications.

- Most of our services come with small margins on very high volumes. We must therefore make thorough business cases before launching new products and services. We have to be lean and have a solid technology platform that ensures that we always have the right capacity available. Now we can easily scale and feel that we have the solution that has delivered the most technical value for our investments, said Nichols.

Proact is obviously very happy with feedback from its customer and look forward to years of mutually rewarding partnership.

- As advisor we always strive to service the most interesting customers that have the most inspiring and challenging needs and projects. Opera has for years been an innovator in terms of deploying and harvesting benefits from innovative solutions in their infrastructure. It’s truly a gift to be able to work so closely and support Opera when they compete with several of the biggest and most innovative global enterprises. We are excited about continuing the great partnership, said CEO at Proact in Norway, Thomas Kronen.

For further information, please contact:

Martin Ödman, CEO and President, Proact IT Group AB, tel +46 733 56 68 11, martin.odman@proact.eu
Peter Javestad, Vice President / IR, Proact IT Group AB, tel +46 733 56 67 22, peter.javestad@proact.eu

About Proact
Proact is Europe’s leading independent integrator in the fields of data storage and cloud solutions. Proact supplies business benefits by helping companies and authorities over the world to reduce risk and costs, and above all, to supply flexible, accessible and secure IT services.

Proact solutions cover all elements of data storage, including virtualisation, network functions and security, and the company has more than 3 500 successful projects behind it, along with vast information volumes which are managed at the Proact data centre.

The Proact Group has more than 660 employees and conducts business in Belgium, Czech Republic,  Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Proact was founded in 1994. Proact IT Group AB (publ), its Parent Company, has been listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm since 1999 under the symbol PACT.

For further information about Proact’s activities please visit us at www.proact.eu

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Proact is Europe’s leading independent data centre and cloud services provider. By delivering flexible, accessible and secure IT solutions and services, we help companies and authorities reduce risk and costs, whilst increasing agility, productivity and efficiency. We’ve completed over 5,000 successful projects around the world, have more than 3,500 customers and currently manage in excess of 100 petabytes of information in the cloud. We employ over 800 people in 15 countries across Europe and North America. Founded in 1994, our parent company, Proact IT Group AB (publ), was listed on Nasdaq Stockholm in 1999 (under the symbol PACT). For further information about Proact’s activities please visit us at www.proact.eu

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