Law firm expands infrastructure outsourcing deal

Allen & Overy, the fourth biggest law firm in the UK, has more than doubled to £12.3m an infrastructure outsourcing deal it signed last year.

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Allen & Overy, the fourth largest law firm in the UK, has more than doubled to £12.3m an infrastructure outsourcing deal it signed last year.

Under the revised deal, outsourcer Savvis will handle Allen & Overy’s UK server and storage area network (SAN) infrastructure, in order to enable the company’s internal IT function to concentrate on more strategic work.

The server and SAN infrastructure currently supports the company’s website as well as its enterprise resource management, document management, and messaging and collaboration software.

Savvis will also monitor the law firm's datacentre in London.

Allen & Overy has 5,000 employees in 24 countries and said it needed “a massive amount of computing and network capacity ... as well as constant communication between its global offices”.

The original deal was for £5.5m and was for Savvis to support Allen & Overy’s centralised document management system, secure data transfers, file sharing, accounting and email.

In May, rival law firm Linklaters signed a three year outsourcing contract with Unisys to support and maintain its datacentres, and its office server, printer and storage infrastructure.

The following month, Eversheds brought in Computacenter under a five-year £27m managed services deal, covering its UK service desk, desk-side support and datacentre hosting and management.

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