The 538 Group consists of the number 1 radio station in the Netherlands, ‘Radio 538’, the youth radio station ‘SLAM!FM’ and the music TV channels ‘TV 538’ and ‘SLAM!TV’. The 538 Group also produces and facilitates radio and TV channels for third parties. In addition, the 538 Group develops, organizes and produces large-scale events for its own brands, such as 538Koningsdag, LIVE38XXL, the SLAM!SchoolAwards and 538JingleBall. And the 538 Group also develops, organizes and produces events on behalf of third parties (business events).
- Data centers in the Netherlands
- Cloud computing
- Broadcasting technologies
Every month, the 538 Group’s websites attract more than 1 million unique visitors, with the media company’s online channels generating a total of at least 10 to 15 gigabits in bandwidth. Impressive numbers that are continuously being bested because increasingly more viewers and listeners are finding their way to the 538 Group. In addition, existing viewers and listeners are using the online radio and TV channels more and more intensively, including via smartphones. Just as with the previous hosting supplier, the 538 Group opted to house its IT infrastructure at Dutch data centers. However, the media company was looking for a hosting provider who could support 538’s future ambitions on the market. What’s more, the 538 Group wanted to run its office IT on a combination of cloud and on-premise infrastructure.
Our IT environment is now in the hands of an innovative cloud technology partner who is close to home and has data center locations in the Netherlands as well as a clear point of contact — Alexander Josiassen
LeaseWeb Netherlands provides a hybrid, customized hosting solution to the 538 Group that employs both private cloud as well as bare metal servers - for extra dedicated hosting power. The capacity can be expanded or reduced, so that the platform can be dynamically adapted – for example, in the event of unexpected increases in visitor numbers. The hardware is also housed at a Dutch data center.
LeaseWeb’s CDN is used by 538 to provide website visitors a very fast, stable Internet experience by means of advanced caching and distribution technology and to enable live streaming of radio and TV channels base on HTTP Live Streaming (HLS). The 538 Group also uses the CDN to offer on-demand audio and video content. To facilitate this, LeaseWeb’s engineers have installed features for 538’s broadcasting-specific needs.
“Our IT environment is now in the hands of an innovative cloud technology partner who is close to home and has data center locations in the Netherlands as well as a clear point of contact – which is good for mutual cooperation,” says Alexander Josiassen, Innovation Director at the 538 Group. “Their worldwide CDN infrastructure, with broadcasting-specific features, will help us maximize the range and the user experience of online channels and all other activities within the 538 Group.”