The Diamond Trading Company (DTC), the UK arm of De Beers, has awarded an £8m IT services outsourcing contract to Unisys to improve business continuity and reduce costs.
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Unisys will manage the London-based company's datacentre server environment, including virtualisation technology to speed up processing.
"We required a sophisticated, business-driven IT infrastructure to enhance our supply chain and support our operations," said Jeremy Newell, director of IT at The DTC.
Newell said Unisys was chosen because of its expertise in global services delivery and its ability to help The DTC achieve its goals of improved business continuity, disaster recovery, and operational cost.
"Unisys datacentre services will help The DTC reduce hardware requirements and make better use of existing IT resources," said Newell.
The transfer of The DTC's IT architecture to the virtualised infrastructure is scheduled for completion by August 2008.