SYDNEY, April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that the City of Bunbury, one of the largest Regional local governments in Western Australia, has selected IBM's PureSystems technology to streamline and simplify their IT infrastructure and provide a cloud-ready environment to deliver future initiatives such as local Government private cloud computing.
Faced with exponential growth of data and server sprawl, the City needed a scalable solution to address not only current needs but to take them well into the future. Working closely with IBM Business Partner Stott + Hoare, Bunbury selected the IBM PureFlex System that integrates server, IBM Storwize V7000 storage, networking and software into a highly automated, simple-to-manage system. Bunbury, along with Stott + Hoare, will virtualize their desktops and mobile devices to reside on the IBM PureFlex system for greater organisational flexibility and ongoing cost reductions."Our end goal is to not only deliver exceptional 24/7 levels of service to Bunbury's residents, but establish the City as a technology leader whose IT systems can become a template for other councils throughout the state and beyond; PureFlex offers us this long-term technical solution," said City of Bunbury CEO, Andrew Brien. "We are on the cusp of significant reform where, for instance, the National Broadband Network is only one of several macro changes which will radically shape governance in Bunbury and Australia more broadly. Our primary goal has always been to make sure our IT systems can handle whatever changes may occur while remaining cost-effective and efficient. That way we know that when our own functions of government have to adapt and expand, the technology we use will be able to match us at every turn." The City of Bunbury expects the PureFlex-enabled virtual server environment to reduce hardware replacement costs, power consumption and time spent maintaining the multiple platforms that currently sustain the City's IT operations. Another key factor in its selection was the ease of managing mass storage and disaster recovery . The IBM PureSystems family offers clients an alternative to current enterprise computing models, where multiple and disparate systems require significant resources to set up and maintain.