Carrenza, Oracle, Cisco, HP, PayPal, VMware, WorldPay and Zeus Technology have been confirmed as the core technology partners for this year's Red Nose Day.

Following the use of a cloud computing platform in 2009, it will operate a donation platform and a core websites platform with Carrenza.

The donation platform will consist of a donation application built in Java and backed by a stretched Oracle Real Application Clusters environment that runs active across two data centres.

This arrangement will allow Comic Relief to process hundreds of thousands of donations, via web and call centres, in just a few hours. Both platforms use VMware vSphere 4 for virtualisation and sit on an HP ProLiant BL460 blade server with HP 3PAR T-Class Storage Systems to provide storage.

Cisco 6500-series networking (including ACE and FWSM modules) and Zeus Technology provide security, switching and smooth traffic management at the front, while PayPal and WorldPay provide secure payment processing at the back.

Zeus is a provider of software-based application traffic management. Its chief marketing officer Kosten Metreweli said: “Playing such a key role in the technology behind Comic Relief and Red Nose Day is a real honour for the whole Zeus team. This is the fifth year running we have been selected for this project with Comic Relief, confident that our solution can handle the heavy weight of traffic they receive during their events.

“Comic Relief will have access to fast, reliable and secure web-based services that ensure a highly resilient, robust IT infrastructure. Safe in the knowledge that transactions are being made on a reliable online platform, the organisers can place greater trust in the technology behind their fundraising and focus on driving as many donations from the campaign as possible.”

Tim Savage, donations and web technology manager at Comic Relief, said: “The Comic Relief team is currently working hard to ensure the 2011 event is the most successful Red Nose Day to date. It's really important we have a great network of technology partners so we maximise our donations. Zeus will play a crucial role in ensuring our website stays up and running, managing the 2.5 million unique visits we expect to our site.”