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AGC Looks to IBM for Storage Technology

Two XIV storage systems deployed to replace its ageing system

Sydney, Australia - 06 Dec 2010: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that AGC, a leading provider of fabrication, construction and integrated services for the oil, gas and mining industries throughout Australia and South East Asia, selected IBM XIV storage technology to replace its storage system and to support plans for its future business growth.

Headquartered in Perth, AGC selected two IBM XIV Systems to allow its MIS team to focus on delivering business benefits and applications rather than managing storage infrastructure across the company’s two Perth-based data centres.

Key to the decision to move to IBM was XIV’s enterprise-class technology and its easy self-managing provisioning which eliminates complex storage administration. AGC’s applications are now automatically provisioned with its entire operation virtualised on VMware vSphere.

AGC has also dramatically reduced time spent on storage management.

“Typically with a storage array of this class you have to have a full-time employee looking after it,” said David Redpath, AGC’s CIO.  “Since the implementation, our team has not been affected by complex storage administration and we have not had to hire additional resources to manage our storage infrastructure; this is particularly important for us as sourcing skilled IT talent in Western Australia can often be difficult.”

“If our storage infrastructure was not enterprise-class there would be a huge task to swap out drives during a failure, however this system can encounter hardware failure and still continue to service at high availability,” continued Mr Redpath.

“XIV is changing the economics of how you deploy storage,” said Paul Bennett, XIV Solutions Manager, IBM Australia and New Zealand.  “Designed for ease of use, XIV provides clients with enterprise-class bullet proof storage technology. Based on virtualised grid architecture, XIV delivers enterprise-class performance, reliability and scalability without incurring enterprise-class pricing. We’re delighted to work with AGC and help support its growth strategy in this expanding natural resources sector.”

The two IBM XIV Storage Systems will be used as AGC’s primary storage environment and for Disaster Recovery.

IBM Business Partner, Xpanse, worked with AGC and IBM on the implementation.

For more information on AGC please visit: www.agc-ausgroup.com

For more information on IBM XIV please visit: http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/storage/disk/xiv/

Contact(s) information

Gisele Boulay
IBM External Relations
0401-713-940
gboulay@au1.ibm.com

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