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South Lanarkshire Council (SLC) has awarded a five-year contract to Bull Information Systems to manage its infrastructure, core business applications, servers and storage.

South Lanarkshire Council (SLC) has awarded a five-year contract to Bull Information Systems to manage its infrastructure, core business applications, servers and storage.

Under the £8 million agreement French-owned Bull will be responsible for the local authority’s two data centres, including remote monitoring and managing of the infrastructure.

As part of the contract Bull will also support the council in delivering the server and storage aspects of its IT strategy over the coming years, which it says will “help the council improve its service offerings and provide greater business agility.”

SLC told ComputerworldUK that there will be no major refresh of its servers and storage but Bull will provide services “on an as needed basis”.

The contract will run for five years with an option to extend it for a further two years.

The council’s acting head of IT services Martin Low said: “The Council is looking forward to a successful relationship with Bull to deliver the server and storage supply and support services covered by this contract.”

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Bull’s UK and Ireland CEO Andrew Carr said: “South Lanarkshire Council is a forward-looking organisation with an innovative vision of how they want to use IT to forward their future goals.

“We are delighted to be further extending our relationship with the Council to deliver operational efficiency, value for money and also re-establishing our service delivery presence in Scotland.”

Computacenter was previously responsible for supplying and supporting SLC’s servers and storage via a £7.2 million contract signed in 2005.

The council has 16,000 employees and is responsible for an area covering 683 square miles and a population of 311,000 people in western Scotland.

In the UK local government sector the company also has a contract with Barnsley Council worth at least £76 million, whereby Bull owns an 80 percent stake in a joint venture to provide core ICT services and datacentre services. The contract was signed in 2006 and is due to run until 2021.