Greenpeace UK has ageing Novell servers and is putting them out to grass to bring in a storage network from IBM business partner Ardenta. There will be 100 Greenpeace staff using the 2TB SAN with IBM FASt600 storage.

The SAN will replace two NetWare servers and sits behind an existing infrastructure of Linux and Microsoft Windows 2000-based servers.

All parties involved are congratulating each other about this. "This is an excellent example of a high resilience storage implementation, recognising that organisations of all sizes, large and small, need the very best protection for their vital data," stated Shaun Coulson, IBM Storage business director, UK.

"Working with Greenpeace UK to develop its storage strategy was a great challenge," Neil Truby, managing director, Ardenta, said. "The IBM FAStT600 gives the 'big business' capability of a SAN but within small business budgets and so provided a perfect fit with Greenpeace's requirements."

Steve Thomson, finance and IT director at Greenpeace UK joined in: "Ardenta's extensive knowledge of Linux and storage networking made them an ideal partner to help us to address our storage issues. The SAN they recommended shows that they understood our needs well. I am focused on effectiveness and efficiency. I can't afford our database or e-mails to be unavailable, which is why I chose the SAN. The solution Ardenta has implemented gives us the reliability and scalability as our storage needs grow too."

The storage network provides archiving and ancillary storage for Greenpeace UK's back office operations, its DB2 database, and office applications, such as Microsoft Exchange Server, which are fundamental to its operation, handling thousands of e-mails each day.