WWF turns to Microsoft to cut costs and carbon

Conservation lobbyist group WWF-UK has appealed to software giant Microsoft to reduce its IT costs and overall carbon footprint.

The environmental group called for Microsoft to make the change following concerns about the IT credentials of their current provider.

WWF- UK had been using Novell since 1995, but have voiced apprehension about Novell's strength as a business and the third party support which they made available.

IT head at WWF-UK, Mr David Southern said that his company tested several e-mail systems, including Google mail. "We wanted to move to a system that was a market leader and had longevity of product development and lots of support options," he stated.

WWF-UK have already got a Microsoft desktop infrastructure set up, however due to cost cutting during the recession jobs were axed and hardware costs reduced by virtualising servers.

This cut reduced the number of physical servers from 16 to 4.

However, today the WWF-UK contracted Microsoft partner Bluesource to support its migration to Microsoft as the lobbyist group again continues to grow. This was essential in the light of reduced spending on IT support resources.

"While we lack in-house expertise and the resources to ensure 24 hour services, Bluesource can do it."

Now that WWF-UK have decided to make the move to Microsoft, one last important consideration is obviously the green credentials of the software giant.

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