ASB halves W2K rollout costs

ASB Bank says it has halved the cost of its Windows 2000 rollout using the latest version of AME Software's suite of server deployment and disaster recovery tools.

ASB Bank says it has halved the cost of its Windows 2000 rollout using the latest version of AME Software’s suite of server deployment and disaster recovery tools.

The bank’s IT strategy and planning manager, Roy McLaren, says ASB had a legacy of doing all NT server builds manually. However, now that it has implemented AME SSD (Secure Server Deploy) it would avoid manual server builds wherever possible, he says.

“Apart from the dollar savings, we now have predictable timings for standard deploy-ments, such as our branch-located servers, which also makes the project management much easier. Once we begin the Windows 2000 server deployments we plan to only deploy automated builds.”

The bank has also chosen AME SSD for its disaster recovery features including the capability to rebuild, hands free, to a “last known good” basis, any server that may break down.

AME Secure Server Deploy is a new Windows 2000 module of the AME suite of tools, which is designed to help install and manage Windows servers, workstations, user accounts and applications. IT is developed by AME Software, a business unit of PIP Software formed last year as a spin-off from systems integrator Axon.

Original users of AME include ASB, United Networks, Tower and PDL. AME managing director Max Wadey says the next version of AME will be for managing Microsoft .Net servers.

Wadey describes pricing for AMD SSD as aggressive. “We’re looking for high volume sales as the software has universal appeal and we are pricing accordingly. Initially sales will be made through AME resellers, but eventually we may also sell directly from our website to the wider world market.”

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