Virgin Mobile completes infrastructure upgrade to support 3G network

Telco to cutover to live infrastructure in July 2007

Virgin Mobile has just completed an infrastructure upgrade at its multiple data centres to support aggressive growth plans for its 3G network in Australia and New Zealand.

As part of the upgrade, IT services firm Tripoint Corporation installed a number of Hewlett Packard's Itanium-based servers and EMC Clarion CX380 midrange storage arrays.

The $1.3 million contract involved decommissioning redundant equipment, which previously housed some of Virgin Mobile's business critical systems.

Tripoint also provided strategic consultancy to improve storage capacity and optimize the performance of Virgin's customer service applications.

Tripoint has been managing the company's infrastructure and technology architecture since 2005.

Virgin Mobile chief operating officer, Keir Preedy, said the organization needs to be equipped to rapidly respond to an increase in its 3G customer base

Tripoint CEO, Ian Woollett, said the agreement was signed in December 2006 and the infrastructure delivered and configured in the first half of 2007.

He said Virgin Mobile expects to cutover to the live infrastructure environment during July 2007.

Founded in 1998 with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Singapore, Tripoint customers include AMP, Australian Air Express,Crown Casino, Aristocrat and Lion Nathan.

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