CSL gives terminal environment the flick

Australian pharmaceutical manufacturer CSL is improving its worldwide communications after dumping its legacy terminal-based environment.

Completed earlier this month, a $1.5 million IT infrastructure upgrade saw CSL completely revamp its network and IT infrastructure for more than 400 staff.

CSL employed IBM to design, implement and project manage the rollout of eight IBM Netfinity servers, IBM switches, hubs and routers.

In addition, the company installed 200 IBM desktops complete with IBM AntiVirus and Lotus Notes for all desktop users.

Meanwhile, the network backbone is based on IBM's 8265 ATM switch technology.

CSL produces products to cater for a range of medical problems associated with haemophiliacs, shock victims, childhood immunisation or the flu.

It employs around 1400 people worldwide, with an annual turnover of $353 million expected this year.

According to Fadi Rizk, CSL's CIO, the upgraded infrastructure supports critical business communication needs with its supply chain and worldwide R&D team.

"We are now in a position to integrate our growing international business operations," he said.

The IT infrastructure upgrade also allowed CSL to develop a corporate intranet and improve its document management, workflow and groupware systems.

In addition, the company has upgraded its core business systems, including financials.

Rizk said the company selected IBM for its ability to provide an "end-to-end" IT solution, with "flexible" pricing.

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