Speed without compromising on security or stability
The Al Arabiya News Channel is the leading 24-hour news station in the Arab world and has a reputation for providing on-the-ground, first-hand coverage of major news events in the region. As the most visited news website in the Middle East, Al Arabiya.net has to withstand politically-motivated hacking and denial of service attacks on a daily basis. Within this charged environment, a team of 40 full-time journalists work to add around 200 new articles to the site every day.
Al Arabiya has implemented Magnolia as the core of its new, multichannel, online news and broadcasting platform. It uses Magnolia to serve its growing online audience of up to 70 million page views per month, with up to 20,000 concurrent visitors at any one time. Thanks to Magnolia, it can now publish news in less than three minutes, without compromising on security or stability.
At the outbreak of the current Syrian crisis, the site was subjected to seven days of sustained hacking attacks. Our previous system was vulnerable: we were struggling to maintain an in-house code base that had been developed by different people over a period of five years. With Magnolia’s Enterprise Edition, we have clean, open code that is supported by the vendor. They handle the security threats.
If anything, Magnolia should have been at a disadvantage, because we were comparing real world experience [from the MBC project] against the sales pitch from other vendors. The Al Arabiya site was also a more technically demanding implementation. To build the best possible solution, we knew we had to integrate different best-of-breed technologies together with Al Arabiya’s existing broadcast systems. This was where our experience of Magnolia’s openness won-out over anything the competition had to offer.
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