KPMG selects Vblock for private cloud

KPMG selects Vblock for private cloud

Dimension Data will be involved in the integration process

Accounting firm, KPMG Australia, has developed a private cloud platform using Vblock infrastructure.

Dimension Data will be involved in the integration process. KPMG has been a Dimension Data customer for several years spanning across many IT project implementations.

The Vblock platform includes technologies from Cisco, EMC and Vmware. KPMG is one of the first out of the big four accounting companies to deploy this type of technology.

Part of KPMG's aim to deploy its advisory services on Vblock include delivering multiple cloud-based digital services and multiple revenue stream on single platform to help lower its operational costs and carbon footprint.

About nine months ago, the organisation hired a new CIO, Chris Robinson, and three months later hired a director of IT, David Banger. Both were put in charge of reviewing the company's IT function and aligning it with the company's overall broader strategy.

Banger said some of its prime challenges within its IT function was that it wasn't as relevant as what it could be to its advisory business. It also faced apprehension from employees within its organisation on the cloud computing concept. So instead of referring to it as the cloud, it embarked on calling it 'infrastructure optimisation.'

“We had a very extensive server refresh program ahead of us and we had extensive technology across our datacentres that we wanted to consolidate,” Banger said.“We're now in preparation phase to get inventory and relevant items for Dimension Data to come in and work with both EMC and Cisco.”

He also stressed the importance of remaining vendor agnostic within its IT environment.

“We remain vendor agnostic and we have to be impartial,” he said.

Julia Talevski travelled to Cisco Live as a guest of Cisco

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