Tonkin Consulting Selects IBM PureFlex to Replace Existing HP Servers

    Tonkin Consulting Selects IBM PureFlex to Replace Existing HP Servers

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SYDNEY, Dec. 18, 2012

SYDNEY, Dec. 18,2012 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that
Tonkin Consulting, a leading national engineering, environmental and spatial
consulting practice, will replace its existing HP switching hardware and
servers with IBM PureFlex. Tonkin Consulting selected IBM to be the core
component of its new enterprise-wide IT strategy to address its future needs
and growth strategy because the PureFlex System integrates the server,
storage, networking and software into a highly automated, simple-to-manage

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Working with Business Partner Vintek, IBM provided Tonkin Consulting with a
PureFlex solution that includes integrated v7000 storage as well as additional
IBM system networking, system x and tape storage products.

The solution is expected to significantly reduce IT costs, potentially halving
management costs overall, while dramatically increasing its ability to rapidly
scale up and down operations. Additionally, the solution will enable Tonkin
Consulting to quickly create and deploy a private cloud providing disaster
recovery for its offices in South Australia, Queensland and the Northern

"Our incumbent systems had grown out-of-date and lacked both the reliability
and functional integration needed to serve growing client demands. The IBM
PureFlex System is far superior to anything else currently in the market and
represents the next generation of computing with the reliability and
scalability to meet our future demands, ranging from more granular project
control to increased operational visibility," said Gerry Doyle, CEO, Tonkin
Consulting. "IBM's size and strategic direction, coupled with the expertise
of its local business partner Vintek, aligned perfectly with Tonkin's own
corporate vision of contributing to our clients' successes through innovation,
value and relationships."

The end-stage of the solution will see Vintek deploy fully-integrated IBM
management and data systems across all Tonkin Consulting operations sites and
assets. Tonkin Consulting also has plans to expand its work with Vintek and
IBM to support its modeling applications and a new ERP/CRM system due to
launch in mid-2013.

"Our objective in working with Tonkin Consulting has been to deliver a
holistic approach to infrastructure, which supports the firm's long-term
growth strategy," said Paul Vinton, Managing Director, Vintek. "IBM PureFlex
provides a fully integrated and optimized infrastructure that radically
simplifies computing."

The deal was signed in October and the implementation of the new system will
be completed in December.

For IBM Business Partners, PureSystems creates a new services opportunity to
help clients solve the complexity of enterprise IT, reduce costs and encourage
innovation. From resellers to distributors and Independent Software Vendors
(ISVs), more than 2500 Business Partners have received PureSystems
certifications. PureSystems currently run tens of thousands of existing ISV
applications across four operating environments including Windows, Linux, AIX,
and IBM i operating system. Additionally, Business Partners have created more
than 250 new solutions and applications that are optimized to run on
PureSystems. These patterns of expertise, which span 20 industries, can be
accessed through the IBM PureSystems Centre. They include leading solutions
from some of the world's largest ISVs, including ERP systems and applications
for the banking, marketing, healthcare and energy industries.

Additionally, partners are able to perform many of the configuration and
deployment services that previously came only from IBM and are optional and
optionally available to be performed by qualified business partners.

To help address the new opportunity that PureSystems presents, IBM is also
providing training, marketing, certifications and technical validation support
to its Business Partners. For instance, dozens of IBM Innovation Centers in
cities such as Bangalore, Dublin, Johannesburg and Shanghai are helping
Business Partners develop and test their applications using IBM PureSystems.
Business Partners can also bring their clients to IBM Innovation Centers to
see PureSystems technology at work.

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Media Contacts:

Gisele Boulay
Media Relations, IBM Australia

Chris Rubsamen
IBM Worldwide Communications, STG

Svetlana Stavreva.
Media Relations, IBM Growth Markets


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