The Confederation of British Industry is close to completing a virtualisation programme using VMWare which has enabled it to cut the number of servers it is using across the organisation as it moves towards using HP blades.

The project is part of a wider technology overhaul underway at the CBI to make its own technology cheaper, more flexible and stable. Other projects already completed include a desktop and notebook refresh.

Service provider Getronics is managing the overhaul for the employers' body, implementing its Future Ready Workspace programme to look after applications, infrastructure and support.

Getronics is two years into a five-year outsourcing contract running with the CBI to cover service desk, hardware maintenance, network monitoring and support for its 250 users.

Key technologies recently installed in at the CBI include Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Exchange Server 2003 and Systems Management Server, as well as an SAP package.

Matt Phillips, head of IT at the CBI, said he was “confident that we have the IT we need to support our business and to deliver the best possible service to our members”.

The next stage of its implementation, for which a timescale has not been disclosed, will involve rolling out Microsoft Sharepoint Server 2007 to enable better collaboration between every strata and department of the organisation. Work is also underway to improve the general management of data.

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