Suncorp leads green IT revolution

Suncorp leads green IT revolution

Savings in infrastructure and operating expenses

With $73 billion in assets and a $20 billion market capitalization, Suncorp is Australia's sixth largest bank and third largest insurer.

With 16,000 staff in Australia and New Zealand, Cameron's own IT group is 700 strong. All employees are encouraged to spend one day a year working on a community or environmental project.

"Our environmental initiatives come from the company's values," Cameron said. "We just built a new building in Brisbane with an ESD rating of five stars, including smart lighting, water recycling, and rainwater harvesting."

Suncorp is also investing in clean coal power and wind farms and recycles 485 tonnes, about 60 percent, of waste a year.

"We're also replacing our storage environment and throwing everything not attached to the mainframe and replacing it with NetApp so we can boot off the SAN," Cameron said. "It's not often you get the chance to do this type of project."

Cameron said once virtualization is done properly it scales well and three our four people can manage 800 virtual servers.

"Suncorp has done this so if anyone is considering embarking on this journey, it is good value," he said.

"In summary we will have saved 130,000 trees, or the equivalent of, by 2009 and we like to share this result to the market."

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