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National Grid planning £159m IT infrastructure overhaul

Written by Fri 3 Jan 2020

British multinational planning massive infrastructure shake-up

The National Grid has unveiled a raft of contracts worth up to £159m aimed at revamping the energy company’s IT infrastructure.

The grid is seeking proposals for mainframe modernisation, co-location provision, managed services and cloud migration, as it looks to build “next-generation” data centre and network operations.

The British multinational teased the contracts in a periodic indicative notice, meaning the company may still adjust the final scope of its tender. The notice is also vague on what is planned for the company’s existing mainframes.

In the notice, first reported by Computer Business Review, the company suggests it is open to awarding one firm all of the spoils or dividing the contracts between four separate bidders.

As the National Grid operates in the UK and Eastern US, successful bidders must comply with regulations in the UK and across the Atlantic.

“National Grid is looking to deliver next-generation capabilities in data center, networks, and improve the operating model. This will enable the secure provision of reliable services to the business,” the notice states.

“Operationally it’s key that National Grid achieves improved service delivery speed, scalability, and flexibility delivered [through] the optimization of data center footprint, automation of operations and the developing and implementing hybrid cloud architectures that meet National Grid’s current needs and can flex to meet our future needs.”

In addition to being the system operator of the UK’s electricity and gas supply, the National Grid owns England and Wales’ high voltage transmission network, a sprawling web of critical energy infrastructure.

In April, Ponenom Institute warned nation-state cyber attackers are increasingly targeting critical infrastructure — in its last annual report, the National Grid revealed an internal audit exposed IT security issues which led to a number of users having ‘inappropriate’ access to the group’s IT systems.

Written by Fri 3 Jan 2020


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