FT to save £1m through new server strategy

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FT to save £1m through new server strategy

James Rogers
The Financial Times has added servers from Fujitsu Siemens to its existing Sun infrastructure in a move that is designed to save the company more than £1m over the next three years and provide computing capacity on demand.

Processors in the Fujitsu servers can be activated and deactivated as required, giving an on-demand service that is better able to handle fluctuating demands.

Ian Cohen, the Financial Times' IT director, said, "We now have the ability to add more processing capacity and remove it when we do not need it. The other dynamic of the saving is that Fujitsu prices its processing power more competitively than Sun."

The deal signals the start of an innovative dual-supplier approach by the Financial Times, which will see the company using servers from two suppliers, Fujitsu and Sun Microsystems, to support the Solaris operating system.

Thomas Meyer, server group manager at analyst firm IDC, said companies could gain a number of benefits by adopting a dual-supplier approach. "The neat thing is that staff do not need extra training - it is also possible that the total solution costs would be lower because you have two suppliers," he said.

"Companies that use this approach can start looking for competitive offers from their two suppliers."

Cohen said the Financial Times already has processes in place to manage what could be a potentially complex relationship with the two suppliers. "We have good processes to allow us to effectively manage a dual-supplier strategy - it is not an issue for us," he said.

The Financial Times will use two Fujitsu Primepower 2000 Unix servers to support a variety of business applications such as advertising and the company's new publishing system, which is currently being built and will be completed in the first quarter of next year.

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