Tonkin Consulting Selects IBM PureFlex to Replace Existing HP Servers

Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:45am EST

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SYDNEY, Dec. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE:  IBM) today announced that
Tonkin Consulting, a leading national engineering, environmental and spatial
consulting practice, will replace its existing HP switching hardware and servers
with IBM PureFlex. Tonkin Consulting selected IBM to be the core component of
its new enterprise-wide IT strategy to address its future needs and growth
strategy because the PureFlex System integrates the server, storage, networking
and software into a highly automated, simple-to-manage system.

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Working with Business Partner Vintek, IBM provided Tonkin Consulting with a
PureFlex solution that includes integrated v7000 storage as well as additional
IBM system networking, system x and tape storage products.

The solution is expected to significantly reduce IT costs, potentially halving
management costs overall, while dramatically increasing its ability to rapidly
scale up and down operations.  Additionally, the solution will enable Tonkin
Consulting to quickly create and deploy a private cloud providing disaster
recovery for its offices in  South Australia,  Queensland  and the Northern

"Our incumbent systems had grown out-of-date and lacked both the reliability and
functional integration needed to serve growing client demands. The IBM PureFlex
System is far superior to anything else currently in the market and represents
the next generation of computing with the reliability and scalability to meet
our future demands, ranging from more granular project control to increased
operational visibility," said  Gerry Doyle, CEO, Tonkin Consulting.  "IBM's size
and strategic direction, coupled with the expertise of its local business
partner Vintek, aligned perfectly with Tonkin's own corporate vision of
contributing to our clients' successes through innovation, value and

The end-stage of the solution will see Vintek deploy fully-integrated IBM
management and data systems across all Tonkin Consulting operations sites and
assets. Tonkin Consulting also has plans to expand its work with Vintek and IBM
to support its modeling applications and a new ERP/CRM system due to launch in

"Our objective in working with Tonkin Consulting has been to deliver a holistic
approach to infrastructure, which supports the firm's long-term growth
strategy," said  Paul Vinton, Managing Director, Vintek.   "IBM PureFlex
provides a fully integrated and optimized infrastructure that radically
simplifies computing."  

The deal was signed in October and the implementation of the new system will be
completed in December.     

For IBM Business Partners, PureSystems creates a new services opportunity to
help clients solve the complexity of enterprise IT, reduce costs and encourage
innovation. From resellers to distributors and Independent Software Vendors
(ISVs), more than 2500 Business Partners have received PureSystems
certifications. PureSystems currently run tens of thousands of existing ISV
applications across four operating environments including Windows, Linux, AIX,
and IBM i operating system. Additionally, Business Partners have created more
than 250 new solutions and applications that are optimized to run on
PureSystems. These patterns of expertise, which span 20 industries, can be
accessed through the IBM PureSystems Centre. They include leading solutions from
some of the world's largest ISVs, including ERP systems and applications for the
banking, marketing, healthcare and energy industries.  

Additionally, partners are able to perform many of the configuration and
deployment services that previously came only from IBM and are optional and
optionally available to be performed by qualified business partners.

To help address the new opportunity that PureSystems presents, IBM is also
providing training, marketing, certifications and technical validation support
to its Business Partners.  For instance, dozens of IBM Innovation Centers in
cities such as  Bangalore,  Dublin,  Johannesburg  and  Shanghai  are helping
Business Partners develop and test their applications using IBM PureSystems.
Business Partners can also bring their clients to IBM Innovation Centers to see
PureSystems technology at work.   

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IBM Worldwide Communications, STG     

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Media Relations, IBM Growth Markets


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