United Utilities signs 10-year data centre deal with Fujitsu

United Utilities has brought in Fujitsu to improve its data centre set up as part of a 10-year deal.

Fujitsu says it will implement a high capacity, scalable and secure data centre environment. United Utilities says it is "looking to increase its overall agility and encourage business growth, while reducing costs".

United Utilities provides water and sewerage services to around seven million people in the North West of England. After carrying out a review of its datacentre environment United Utilities took the decision to "transform its IT estate".

Under the contract Fujitsu will design, build and manage the infrastructure which connects United's data centre environments. This includes the design and provision of a fibre optic network between its existing data centre in Warrington and a new site in Manchester, which is set to open on mid-2014.

In addition, Fujitsu will manage and maintain the network on a 24/7 basis, providing engineering capability on site.

TechMarketView analyst Kate Hanaghan said of the deal: "We understand this contract replaces an existing deal with Cable & Wireless, which is now part of Vodafone.

"Fujitsu is currently in the build and deploy phase - putting dark fibre into the ground - once this is done the contract will move into the managed services phase in the first half of next year."

The network will be managed from one of Fujitsu’s four UK network operations centres. The value of the deal has not been disclosed.

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