£17m data centre ‘virtualisation’ transition

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is looking to transition its “relevant data centre services” to a new virtualised infrastructure.

May 17, 2017
By Paul Jacques

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is looking to transition its “relevant data centre services” to a new virtualised infrastructure.

In a Prior Information Notice (PIN), it says it is “committed to improving technology to enable staff to work more effectively and efficiently”.

GMP’s Information Services Transformation Programme (ISTP) is introducing new technology to support core operational policing: “This includes how users will experience IT as part as their roles alongside building a better IT infrastructure to be more dependable and flexible in the future.”

The PIN says “much of GMP’s existing infrastructure is built on ageing technology and requires transforming into supported configurations using modern virtualisation techniques”.

It adds that the force has “committed to delivering a ‘target operating model for its IS function and as part of this requires the future data centre services to be provided by a managed service partner”.

The contract is valued at up to £17 million and is expected to be awarded later this year.

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