Historic Russian musical theater entertains new global audiences using IBM Hybrid Cloud

Now able to livestream performances to any device


Established in 1860, the Mariinsky Theatre is a historic opera and ballet theatre located in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Previously known as the Kirov Theatre, the venue is home to the Mariinsky Ballet, Mariinsky Opera and Mariinsky Orchestra.

To help grow its online audience, the Mariinsky Theatre sought a more reliable solution to deliver consistent viewing experiences while accommodating peaks in demand — which could mean scaling to support thousands of simultaneous viewers.

The IBM Cloud solution:

Based on the powerful and secure SoftLayer cloud infrastructure from IBM, the Theatre has more flexibility to stream video replays and has been able to limit performance lags like excessive buffering by 30 percent. It can also more easily manage shifts in viewers — especially around popular performances.

“We tried various competitive offerings from Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, but viewers still had buffering issues while streaming performances. We chose IBM Cloud to more fully meet our needs in terms of reliable performance and ease-of-use.”

Eugene Barbashin, Mariinsky Theatre, computer technology department head