News International offshores IT


News International offshores IT

Karl Flinders

Indian Offshore IT service provider HCL is to manage News International's IT infrastructure over the next five years in after a contract worth multiple millions of pounds was agreed.

The contract will include the strategic management of News Internationals datacentre and networks.

The first phase of the contract will see HCL change the operating systems as well consolidate and standardise storage and servers.

News International, which publishes The Times, The Sun, The Sunday Times and News of the World, is attempting to reduce IT costs and increase standardisation.

"[This] requires a flexible, on-tap technology organisation with a global presence and the best global technology partnerships. HCL's proven track record in the Media & Entertainment industry and world-class Infrastructure Management assures us that entering this engagement will provide News International with reduced costs, an improved end user experience, more resilient systems and reduced technology complexity", said Nick Leake, director of Technology Services, News International.

HCL recently won a $200m administration services contract with Equitable Life.

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