Rackspace Wins Joint Server Farm Tender
Rackspace Hosting, the world’s leader in hosting and cloud computing, today asserts it has won a three-year, competitive deal to provide totally managed support to the Joint Server Farm, a safe hosting environment for Ministry of Defence websites. The relationship will see MOD, armed forces, RN and Royal Air Force websites consolidated onto a single, virtualised infrastructure to enable less complicated management, larger efficiencies and scalability. Rackspace beat 18 other corporations to win the contract to support the JSF following a ECU Book Competition and tender for contract.
Thru the deal Rackspace will supply MOD partners with the ability to manage and change websites quickly to meet user demand. It’ll also provide reinforced security from firewalls and intrusion detection devices, which continually monitor for threats, 24 hour access to authorized engineers and a 100% network uptime guarantee, backed by its service level agreement.
“We are happy to have extended our relationship with the MOD by winning this tender in what was a tough fought pitch by heaps of companies,” recounted Brian Thomson, EMEA Handling Director, Rackspace Hosting. “At a point in time when costs and efficiencies are being brought to the forefront, we all know we are able to actually help shed light on the MOD infrastructure to meet these challenges.
The JSF is a single infrastructure for all services websites and applications. It now supports a number of well known MOD campaigns , for example the inducting website for the regiment, Start Thinking Infantryman as well as the regiment Pathfinder programme. It also supports Navy and Air Force recruitment campaigns, all the cadets sites, a number of admin sites and helps small short term public info campaign sites. The MOD made the JSF because it had heaps of various sites on different infrastructures, which were tough to maintain, incompetent and unscalable.
With the growing influence of the web it was also decided that a central resource that departments could tap into for their web needs was required. As well as this, the MOD was certain to meet the Transformational Government Agenda ( TGA ), which needs rationalisation of websites across all govt departments. The MOD also moved to virtual servers for its consolidated infrastructure to provide bigger flexibleness when handling the sites. Around seventy percent of MOD websites are now hosted on Rackspace infrastructure and this deal extends the organization’s relationship with ArmyNET, the prize winning portal which permits squaddies to keep in contact with their families.
Rackspace consolidated 67 servers to 12 physical hypervisors and 72 virtual servers by implementing virtualisation across the MOD infrastructure. This solution when mixed with a pile of changes to the contract cost model, including a decrease in SAN shaft storage costs, led to an important reduction of overall costs. It also provides bigger efficiencies for power and space, with a lower number of overall servers. As the planet’s leader and expert in hosting, Rackspace Hosting is revolutionizing the way businesses worldwide get it.
Rackspace delivers computing-as-a-service, integrating the industry’s best technologies into a flexible service offering, making computing more reliable and reasonable. A trustworthy partner to corporations of all sizes, Rackspace enables IT departments to be more effective. Rackspace is set apart by its prize-winning Obsessed Support, furthering the corporation’s mission to be one of the planet’s best service corporations. Rackspace was voted in the top 10 for Purchaser Focus in the EU Business Awards, 2009 and got awarded the FT Laureate Award in 2009 for being one of the finest places to work in the United Kingdom for 5 years running. It also featured in the top thirty of both the Sun.
Times 100 Best corporations to work for list and the FT great spot to Work Awards, 2009.
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