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Interconnector awards $46 million dervices contract to HP

Friday, February 11, 2011

Hewlett-Packard Limited has been awarded a US$46 million IT outsourcing contract to improve security and reliability while reducing costs for Interconnector (UK) Limited, the operator of the strategic gas pipeline between continental Europe and the UK.

The ten-year deal involves the full range of HP products and services, including a dual data-centre solution across international boundaries and converged infrastructure technologies designed to offer the high levels of security, availability and reliability.

“Our expectation is that the improved performance will enhance our end user experience and our visibility of service quality and we estimate that it will reduce IT costs significantly over alternative solutions,” said Terry Stephens, chief information officer for Interconnector. “We chose HP because of their deep understanding of our business needs and they delivered a competitively priced solution which minimized our risk.”

The new services will be delivered from HP’s data centre in Wynyard, UK with disaster recovery through Interconnector’s Data Centre in Zeebrugge, Belgium.  The agreement covers the provision of dual data centres, webhosting, networking services,  end-user workplace services, service management, application maintenance and development, security services and disaster recovery, server and storage refresh and technology transfer and adoption support.  

Interconnector (UK) Limited operates a sub-sea gas pipeline and terminal facilities to provide a strategic bi-directional link between the UK and continental European energy markets. Although a small organisation with less than 200 employees, Interconnector is a vital part of the UK’s Critical National Infrastructure.



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