National Air Traffic Services (NATS) has awarded IT services firm ITNet a 12-month £8.8m contract to implement desktop and server infrastructure for more than 3,000 users.
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NATS hoped the deal, announced this week, will reduce overall IT costs, improve network availability, reduce downtime, tighten security and boost data storage and retrieval.
Under the terms of the agreement, ITNet is rolling out Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003, replacing more than 100 servers and implementing Storage Area Networks (San) and Network Attached Storage (Nas).
The first phase of the project saw the roll-out of 750 desktop PCs at NATS’ new Corporate and Technical Centre, its new head office in Southampton in April. The project will be rolled out to the remaining sites.
ITNET will be using its Programme Management and consultancy skills to help advise NATS on how to manage the risks and delivery on the project.
The agreement follows a five-year £17.3m deal signed last September, under which ITNet manages NATS' non-core IT business systems.
Tony Motton, general manager, business systems at NATS, said, “As a business, NATS is placing more and more demands upon computer systems. ITNET is playing a crucial part in ensuring that IT is cost-effective, reliable, and available to support our users.”