IT integrator, Oriel, has set up a virtualised IT infrastructure for non-profit environment conservation group, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Australia.
The aim was to make WWF’s datacenter ‘greener’ and reduce the group’s IT expenditure so more money could be directed at active conservation projects, WWF chief financial officer, Paul Molloy, said in a statement.
Oriel refreshed the WWF’s datacentre using HP hardware to replace existing Sun and IBM equipment.
HP BladeSystems – running VMware – were used along with the vendor’s EVA storage array networks and ProCurve switches.
The work was done pro-bono and the integrator will stay on to provide support and maintenance services to the conservation group.
The total cost of the hardware and services offers is around $100,000, according to Oriel managing director, Jake Wynne.
“Being a non-profit organisation, WWF had gotten special offers from different vendors giving equipment for free or at a lower price,” he said. “This meant those products had different maintenance cycles and all sorts of things so we’ve made it a single vendor solution so it was easier for them to manage their IT assets.”
Oriel plans to install HP thin clients for WWF in the next month. It is a part of a VMware desktop virtualised solution to prepare for WWF’s Earth Hour event which will kick-off in the next few weeks.