Rackspace Wins Joint Server Farm Tender To Support MoD Websites
on: September 7, 2009, 4:20 am
Hosting, the world's leader in hosting, has announced it has won
a three year, competitive deal to provide fully managed support
to the Joint Server Farm (JSF), a secure hosting environment for
Ministry of Defence (MoD) websites. The partnership will see MoD,
Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force websites consolidated onto
a single, virtualised infrastructure to enable easier management,
greater efficiencies and scalability.
beat 18 other companies to win the contract to support the JSF
following a European Journal Competition and tender for contract.
Through the deal Rackspace will provide MoD partners with the
flexibility to manage and change websites quickly to meet user
demand. It will also provide enhanced security from firewalls
and intrusion detection devices, which constantly monitor for
threats, round-the-clock access to certified engineers and a 100%
network uptime guarantee, backed by its service level agreement.
EMEA managing director Brian Thomson said: "We are delighted
to have extended our relationship with the MoD by winning this
tender in what was a hard fought pitch by lots of companies. At
a time when costs and efficiencies are being brought to the forefront,
we know we can truly help simplify the MoD infrastructure to meet
JSF is a single infrastructure for all services, websites and
applications. It currently supports a number of well-known MoD
campaigns, such as the recruiting website for the Army, Start
Thinking Soldier as well as the Army Pathfinder programme. It
also supports Navy and Air Force recruitment campaigns, all of
the cadets' sites, a number of admin sites and facilitates small
short-term public information campaign sites.
MoD created the JSF because it had lots of disparate sites on
different infrastructures, which were hard to maintain, inefficient
and unscalable. With the growing influence of the internet it
was also decided that a central hosting
UK resource that departments could tap into for their web
requirements was needed. In addition to this, the MoD was bound
to meet the Transformational Government Agenda (TGA), which requires
rationalisation of websites across all government departments.
The MoD also moved to virtual servers for its consolidated infrastructure
to provide greater flexibility when managing the sites.
70% of MoD websites are currently hosted on Rackspace infrastructure
and this deal extends the company's partnership with ArmyNET,
the award-winning portal which allows soldiers to keep in touch
with their families.
consolidated 67 servers to 12 physical hypervisors and 72 virtual
servers by implementing virtualisation
across the MoD infrastructure. This solution when combined with
a raft of changes to the contract cost model, including a reduction
in SAN spindle storage costs, resulted in a reduction of overall
costs. It also provides greater efficiencies for power and space,
with a lower number of overall servers.
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