Wilczak is vice president of managed security at Infocrossing, a $150 million Leonia, N.J., outsourcing provider with a client list that includes TRW Inc. and Loews Corp. Wilczak's job was to decide how to migrate three MailWatch data centers into three U.S. Infocrossing locations, and how to standardize a companywide system running on legacy Dell and Compaq hardware. "I had two goals: speed and scalability," he says.
In lab tests, Hewlett-Packard Co. BladeSystem servers outperformed Dell Inc. boxes, and Wilczak was sold on the blade's dual-process design. Infocrossing then spent 60 days and $400,000 to deploy HP servers in a single data center, using Cisco routers and F5 Networks load balancers -- but not without a go-live glitch.
"We had a DNS server that was outside the firewall," Wilczak says. "When we went live -- and pushed 25 million messages through -- the firewall became congested." Once the server was moved inside the firewall, the project was given a companywide green light. Wilczak got $2 million in his 2005 budget to complete it. Problem solved.
Ellen O'Brien, a former senior editor at CIO Decisions, is executive editor at SearchStorage.com. Write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.