The Challenge

TF1 Group has been providing television services in France for more than 30 years and is a global media player in production, editing, and distribution of content.  TF1 has embraced digital technology and founded e-TF1 in 2000 to take charge of the group’s digital media.

Historically, e-TF1’s channels ran on an on-premises infrastructure hosted in a data center, with the infrastructure following a traditional three-tier model of servers, storage, and networking. But with the evolution of cloud-based IT, the weaknesses of the on-premises format began to show.

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The Solution

e-TFI found that the on-premises data center couldn’t match the elasticity of the cloud—a crucial requirement due to the large spikes in audience numbers, particularly during major news events. As an initial step towards the cloud, e-TF1 moved its backup and recovery infrastructure to Amazon Web Services (AWS). The move was a success, reducing costs while ensuring reliable backups, and gained e-TF1 the buy-in from stakeholders for a broader cloud strategy.

e-TF1 engaged Cloudreach, to create AWS Landing Zones, which help customers more quickly set up secure, multi-account AWS environments, to deliver content-as-a-service. To control access, the partner also used services such as AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) and Amazon Route 53 to reliably route users to the site.

The e-TF1 infrastructure team and Cloudreach migrated systems to run using the Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS), which ensures high availability of the applications running on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances. To store content, e-TF1 uses Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon CloudFront, the latter operating as a fast and highly secure content delivery network.


The Outcome

With the new AWS platform up and running, e-TF1 ensures MYTF1 has the elasticity to handle major news and sporting events. The flexibility of the AWS Cloud is a key factor in the transformation that has happened at eTF1. While it once took several weeks to set up a development environment, it now takes less than a day.

“We are a lot more agile as an infrastructure team, which is good news for eTF1 and for the continued development of MYTF1.”

– Ali Oubaziz, Head of Digital Infrastructure at e-TF1


“We feel liberated from the restrictions of the on-premises infrastructure because of the highly scalable architecture that we have developed with Cloudreach.”

– Ali Oubaziz, Head of Digital Infrastructure at e-TF1


e-TF1 is an online TV media business and is part of TF1 Group, which has been providing television services in France for more than 30 years.