The project includes the delivery of an island-wide IP network, a tightly controlled desktop strategy, and a single website infrastructure. The improvements have been supported by a virtualised server architecture to cut server sprawl and reduce costs.
The system follows the island's political commitment to the economic development of the island and its adoption of an e-government strategy allowing web-based communication between the government and the island's 80,000 citizens and business community.
Whilst the island openly courts technology and financial services businesses, it realised the civic infrastructure was beginning to fall behind the technological levels of the island's corporate guests.
In order to keep up with the competition on the European mainland and embrace a more business-centric relationship with its citizens, the Isle of Man government believed that a fundamental transformation of its IT infrastructure was necessary.
The government now has a single sign-on web system and a single payments engine underpinning a robust online tax and VAT returns service.
New virtualised servers have also resulted in greater efficiency, resilience, disaster recovery and scalability.
The infrastructure includes four Unisys ES7000/one enterprise servers and EMC storage systems.