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Kent Council pays £10m upfront for five-year IBM hardware deal

Kent County Council has paid IBM £10m to replace 9,000 client devices and then maintain them for five years.

Under the deal, IBM must ensure all 9,000 devices remain less than three years old. This guarantees that all the council’s devices will be replaced once over the contract’s lifetime.

Kent County Council’s e-mail, storage and servers will also be renewed. Council officers decided to give the maintenance of their desktop and mobile devices to a third party so that they could focus on delivering services.

The council’s chief executive, Peter Gilroy, said, “It was essential that the approach be sufficiently flexible to support diverse information technology requirements across the full range of council functions and responsibilities.”

IBM will replace Kent’s existing range of client devices with ThinkCentre desktop PCs, ThinkPad notebook PCs and Tablet PCs. All the devices will remain IBM’s property throughout the deal.

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