The broadcaster will continue to operate its Fabric Archive Database
The BBC has signed a £5 million deal with IBM to continue to support and operate its Fabric Archive Database (FAD), which is the only element of its failed Digital Media Initiative that it is attempting to salvage.
The system was developed and built on an IBM product set and the organisation believes that the easiest and cheapest option would be to sign IBM to continue supporting the system for the next three years.
Beyond this point the BBC will decide upon the future of FAD and will explore options for a replacement product.
“The Fabric Archive Database was designed by IBM, developed on and operated on an IBM product set. It is envisaged that the continuity and where necessary, adaptation to future changes of the Fabric Archive Database requires specific knowledge of pre-existing IBM code used on Fabric Archive Database,” said the BBC in a contract notice.
Source: Computer World UK