Newham chooses HP to build MS Exchange infrastructure

Newham Council has signed a $27m (£16m) 10-year deal with Hewlett-Packard to provide a Microsoft Windows and Exchange 2003-based...

Newham Council has signed a $27m (£16m) 10-year deal with Hewlett-Packard to provide a Microsoft Windows and Exchange 2003-based IT infrastructure.

The contract includes design and implementation, ProLiant blade servers, storage systems and desktop, laptop and tablet PCs. The server and storage project began in October 2004, with the desktop refresh programme due to commence in early 2005.

Newham said it wanted to establish a "modern, adaptable and easy to manage server and workstation infrastructure" that would support an increased scope in services, including an increased take up of online services by its citizens in line with central government targets.

After evaluating tenders from IBM and Dell, Newham selected HP. "HP's proposal included a flexible per seat payment plan which ensures a fixed monthly charge over the term of the contract, whilst reducing risks and maintaining flexibility and scalability," said Richard Steel, Newham head of ICT.

"This allows us to implement the best available technology without having to invest significant sums up front," he said.

The HP solution includes a rolling three-year refresh of all desktop and laptop hardware, which will involve deploying wireless tablet PCs to workers in the field to facilitate remote working.

"HP's proposal met all our criteria and the collaborative support offered by the company will ensure we make a smooth transition from the existing legacy systems," Steel said.

The server and storage project has already begun and the desktop refresh programme is due to commence in early 2005.

Newham recently completed an extensive evaluation between Microsoft and Linux-based system, and came to the conclusion that Microsoft was the most cost-effective solution for its specific needs.

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