Government to consolidate online projects

The government is planning to unify its main e-government systems under what the Office of the e-Envoy has dubbed "Project True...

The government is planning to unify its main e-government systems under what the Office of the e-Envoy has dubbed "Project True North".

The e-Envoy has issued a tender for a managed service provider to deliver a scaleable multi-platform, government-wide facility for data centre hosting, that will, initially, carry the Government Gateway, UK On-line Portal, Knowledge Network and Government Secure Intranet.

The solution provider will host further e-government applications as they are rolled out.

Existing service providers include Cable & Wireless and Loudcloud. British Telecom, which hosted the original version of UK On-line, lost the contract last November.

The seven-year contract calls for a minimum of two data centres that will require top-level security and protection.

The e-Envoy's department expects the contract to be awarded in mid-2003, with "a phased shift to the new centre after that".

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