Atkins draws up £14m IBM hosted storage deal

Atkinshas signed a £14.4 million, five year agreement for IBM to host its fast-growing data storage.

Engineering consultancy firm found its data volume expanding by up to 60 percent each year. Each project that Atkins undertakes amasses a large amount of data that must be accessible and secure throughout the planning, design and enable stages.

"We recognised that the growth of data was hurting our business flexibility and efficiency, so we asked IBM to help identify and implement a solution to give us the ability to control our data needs today, and also be flexible in dealing with future growth,” said Mike Russell, IT director at Atkins.

As a result of the move to a managed service, the ongoing costs of storage will be clearer, the company said. It also wanted its consultants to be able to manage their own data more easily, as they access the data throughout the planning and design stages.

The storage will be based around IBM N-series network attached storage technology. IT services firm GlassHouse will also work on the move to the new service.

In the first stage of a two-phased approach, Atkins will move data away from its regional offices to the managed service. After that, it will convert data to a format in which it can be written anywhere under the new service.

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