AlertNet, a humanitarian online news network
will optimize its capabilities to provide information around global
humanitarian initiatives and emergencies through new technology
provided by Sun Microsystems. AlertNet is a project of the Reuters
Foundation, the non-profit arm of the global news agency.
has a network of 400 contributing humanitarian organizations and
attracts upwards of 3 million users a year. The site needed a more
flexible and dynamic IT infrastructure to improve access to
information that relief agencies, journalists and the wider public
need to respond during natural and man-made disasters. The
combination of servers, software and services deployed by Sun
Microsystems will help to better
manage the spike in user traffic when a disaster occurs. The Sun
infrastructure will also help provide
AlertNet with the capabilities to become an online meeting place in
the future where users can share experiences, commentary and
feedback. With this expanded web presence, AlertNet can continue its
mission to support and raise awareness of fast-moving humanitarian
crises and to provide early warning of future emergencies worldwide.
will consolidate from the current 13 servers to 11 energy-sipping Sun
Fire™ T2000 eco responsible servers running the Solaris™ 10
Operating System (OS). The implementation will also include a
disaster recovery solution. Sun will provide a dedicated team to
provide in-kind consulting services focused on project
implementation, technology design and systems integration expertise.
The project is expected to take up to eight months and will enable
the site to make big strides into new services and audience numbers.