BAE Systems has signed a two-year contract with application compatibility specialist Camwood, to support a major IT update project.
Under the terms of the contract, Camwood will provide application migration expertise to a team comprising employees from BAE Systems and its IT partners.
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Through the project BAE Systems plans to migrate all business-critical applications onto the Microsoft Applications Virtualization (App-V) platform and update the PCs of 37,500 staff to support virtualised applications.
The desktop phase of the migration, known as myIT Desktop, aims to supply up to 37,500 PC users across BAE Systems' 74 UK sites with virtualised applications.
Through myIT Desktop, BAe System hopes to change the way IT is provisioned to users.
Instead of applications being hosted on each of the 37,500 individual desktops, they will be stored centrally and delivered on-demand to authorised users.
Last year BAE Systems extended an existing relationship with CSC in a £1.5bn contract to manage the defence contractor's mainframe, midrange and desktop hardware.
In 2007, Tube Lines used Camwood's services to support a 2,500-user rollout of Windows Vista.