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Memset has been enlisted by Fujitsu to provide infrastructure hosting services to Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC), having secured a Public Services Network (PSN) Protected connection to its Surrey-based datacentre.
The infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider confirmed to Computer Weekly that HMRC is officially the first public sector organisation to make use of the IL3 facility, but others are set to follow.
Construction of the public sector-focused datacentre finished in July 2014, but its official opening was pushed back because of delays during the deployment of the secure PSN Protected connection to the site.
This proved something of an inconvenience for the firm because without this connection public sector customers would be unable to share their IL3-classifed data with the firm – this situation, however, has been resolved.
Memset’s infrastructure is built entirely on open source technology, which should go some way to helping HMRC meet the government targets around the use of non-proprietary software, the company claimed. Meanwhile, Fujitsu’s decision to involve the company also fits in well with the public sector’s small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) procurement pledges.
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“This partnership is a clear indication that systems integrators [such as Fujitsu] are really starting to change. They are recognising that working with SMEs such as Memset is vital for them to be able to deliver best value and innovation, and to continue to secure public sector contracts,” said Kate Craig-Wood, managing director of Memset.
Tim Moody, chief technology officer of Fujitsu HMRC, said Memset’s involvement should pave the way for further tech innovation in the government department, which recently outlined plans to adopt Google Apps to enable easier document sharing and collaboration between its staff.
“As HMRC rapidly moves to digital, it gives us a number of exciting opportunities. We feel working in partnership with smaller, agile suppliers such as Memset helps us bring continuous innovation to HMRC projects, which will in turn drive down costs,” said Moody.