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Greenpeace Gets Big UK SAN

The U.K. branch of Greenpeace has implemented a 2-terabyte storage area network (SAN) in its main London data center to support its activism. The group is now migrating critical data onto the new system.

Donations are key for Greenpeace, a non-profit group with a quarter of a million U.K. supporters on its IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) DB2 database. The database, along with other applications such as Microsoft Exchange Server, is now being migrated over to the SAN, which replaces two aging Novell Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) servers.

The ability to handle emails is also a major consideration for Greenpeace U.K. Since 1986, the organization has relied on email to support its campaigns, which are often geographically dispersed. In addition to campaign management, email is increasingly the contact medium of choice for inquiries about Greenpeace U.K.s activities.

“The Novell servers, although they are wonderful, have been there a long time -- they are quite old, and there are capacity constraints,” says Steve Thomson, finance and IT director at Greenpeace U.K.

The SAN, which uses a FAStT600 storage array from IBM Corp., sits behind Greenpeace U.K.’s infrastructure of Linux and Microsoft Corp. Windows 2000-based servers. Greenpeace is currently working with Linux specialist Ltd. on the SAN project, with migration from the Novell servers expected to be completed in the next two to three months.

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