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UK Department for Work and Pensions signs £4.86m data centre deal

Written by Mon 15 Jan 2024

The UK’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has signed a £4.86 million ($6.18 million) deal to update equipment installed in data centre facilities.

The three-year contract has been awarded to an independent technology and services provider, Computacenter. Signed on 8 December, the deal is extendable for two additional 12-month periods.

“This contract provides DWP with the required network infrastructure, software, and support services to refresh the existing ageing infrastructure within the department’s on-premises hosting (OPH) data centres,” said the commercial notice published by the DWP.

The commercial notice said Computacenter will complete a design for the new OPH and Secure Data Centre Exchange by Week 16 of the contract. Once this has been signed off, delivery of the equipment will be before the end of the fiscal year 2023/24.

Computacenter is tasked with planning the transition from the current network to the new one post-installation. The technology and services provider is also required to be prepared to minimise risk and ensure there are no adverse impacts on the DWP’s business operations.

Computacenter will then be tasked with removing redundant equipment like the current network switches.

In 2021, the DWP also awarded a £35 million ($48.3 million) contract to Computacenter for new computers. The company has previously provided hardware and software products to the DWP.

DWP Partners With AWS

On 1 December, the DWP signed a three-year deal with Amazon Web Services (AWS) for £94 million ($119 million). The data centre update contract will run for three years, ending in November 2026.

The cloud hosting contract comprised the second version of the discount scheme known as the One Government Value Agreement (OGVA). The OGVA was initially established in 2020 through an agreement between AWS and the Crown Commercial Service.

Under this agreement, AWS offers public sector clients a baseline discount of 18% on their services in exchange for committing to three-year contracts. The recently confirmed cloud hosting contract with AWS is part of this discount scheme.

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Written by Mon 15 Jan 2024

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