The Government's Insolvency Service has signed a five-year cloud-based desktop services contract with outsourcer Atos.
The £16 million contract was awarded under the Cabinet Office’s Desktop 21 framework agreement, which was created in 2010 to provide preferential access and pricing for the public sector for end user services.
Atos is providing thin client desktop and application hosting services through its Secure Cloud Service. The Atos system is designed to provide a flexible service for 2,000 users and promises to save money over the duration of the contract, said the Insolvency Service.
IBM previously supported the Insolvency Service's thin client architecture under a £20 million contract.
Mark Savigar of the Insolvency Service said: “Atos proposed a solution that meets our business needs and we believe will support us in meeting our organisational objectives for the future.”
The Atos offering will support the continuation of the use of low power devices, such as thin client desktops, in line with the Cabinet Office's green strategy, said Savigar.
Atos is also expected to improve the delivery of sustainable print services, enabling users to print only what they need and where they need it in a reliable manner.