Oxfam appoints Thomas Duryea to carry out major IT infrastructure overhaul

Relief organisation assigns majority of infrastructure refresh to Thomas Duryea

International relief and development organisation, Oxfam Australia, has awarded Thomas Dureya Consulting with the task of overhauling its IT infrastructure.

The IT infrastructure provider will carry out 70 per cent of the total upgrade by implementing a hybrid Cloud solution to modernise infrastructure and connect to Cloud services.

The deployment date has been set for mid October and will include a datacentre receiving an infrastructure and virtualisation environment refresh with disaster recovery moved to the Cloud.

As part of the move to a fully hosted environment, a second datacentre will be decommissioned and public facing servers will be migrated to the Cloud.

Oxfam Australia technical infrastructure manager, Grant Holton-Picard, said the IT infrastructure overhaul is one of the largest undertaken by the aid agency.

“Through the project, we aim to reduce the total cost of ownership of systems across the next four years compared to the associated systems and services of the previous four,” he said.

“Further to this, we aim to reduce the complexity of the environment to enable ease of management within the existing Oxfam technology services team”

Passing on the savings

Holton-Picard said Oxfam Australia has dealt with Thomas Duryea over the last four years in the delivery of managed services.

“During this time, Thomas Duryea’s appointed team fostered a fantastic work partnership with Oxfam Australia’s technology services team,” he said.

“Key to our decision in awarding Thomas Duryea the majority scope of work was really our satisfaction and trust in their technical expertise and experience to be able to deliver a successful project.”

The upgrade, carried out by Thomas Duryea and the two other partners, is expected to bring a 20 per cent saving in costs for Oxfam over the next four years.

Holton-Picard said this is a significant saving that will enable the organisation “to put more back” into the fight against global poverty.

Thomas Duryea has already upgraded Oxfam’s storage infrastructure to EMC VNX5300 as part of the data centre refresh, replaced IBM servers for Cisco UCS servers, and upgraded the virtualised environment to VSphere 5.1.

Patrick Budmar covers consumer and enterprise technology breaking news for IDG Communications. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_budmar.

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