Wandsworth council overhauls infrastructure in five-year deal with Unisys

The London borough of Wandsworth has appointed Unisys to provide a new technology infrastructure in a five year deal worth £1.9m.

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The London borough of Wandsworth has appointed Unisys to provide a new technology infrastructure in a five year deal worth £1.9m.

The overhaul is aimed at providing an infrastructure that improves availability and adaptability while lowering operational costs and reducing the council’s carbon footprint. The new infrastructure is expected to reduce complexity and increase utilisation rates.

The infrastructure shake-up will consolidate Wandsworth’s server, desktop and storage estate using virtualisation technology and allowing the south London council to rationalise its key IT services.

The first year of the contract will cover installation, with Unisys providing hardware servicing and maintenance support for the duration of the deal.

David Walker, Wandsworth’s head of ICT services, said: “This is not just about new technology, but changing the model for how we manage and deploy our services. With this new strategy we can reduce the costs of delivering services and enable services to be provided faster to our customers.”

The contract with Unisys would reduce the amount of space and power used without the council needing to go through expensive upgrades of the datacentre environment, he added.

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