Wednesday Jul 25, 2007

Sun Helps Reuters' Humanitarian News Website Serve Information to NGOs, Nonprofits and Journalists

AlertNet, a humanitarian online news network (www.alertnet.org), 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.

AlertNet 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.

AlertNet 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.

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