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Sun shines on utility business network

Gas distributor Northern Gas Networks has selected a Sun Microsystems infrastructure to support the overhaul of its IT system.

The utility company says it chose Sun to ensure reliability and performance of its new network. Created in June 2005, Northern Gas Networks began business with the sale by National Grid of its pipeline operation across northern England. Northern Gas Networks chose to replace the incumbent National Grid system with a single, integrated infrastructure aligned to the needs of its 2.5 million customers.

Sun is providing Northern Gas Networks' software and servers including a Sun Fire V20z Server, Sun StorEdge Enterprise Storage Manager, the Solaris Operating System, Sun Cluster software, plus Lan and Wan provisioning. Sun's Remote Administration Centre will provide 24x7 remote management of the entire solution.

Through the adoption and implementation of an integrated network infrastructure, Northern Gas Networks expects a number of key deliverables. These include a seamless transition from the current service to the network; the ability to prove regulatory compliance in a prompt and proactive manner; and to establish itself as a leader in customer service.

 


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