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Greater Manchester Police looks for data centre migration help

David Bicknell Published 30 January 2018

Contracting authority wants supplier to provide a five year, managed service worth between £12m and £17m for GMP as it moves from its old data centre to a new virtualised infrastructure


The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is looking for a supplier to provide a managed service for the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) force as it moves from its old data centre.

According to an opportunity on Contracts Finder, GMCA is ready to pay between £12m and £17m for a five year contract with the possibility of a two year (1+1) extension. 

The contract, which is due to begin at the end of July this year and end on June 1 2023, covers two requirements: firstly the design, delivery and management of transitions of all GMP services as it moves from the old data centre service to the new service, which involves moving all in-scope services to a virtual infrastructure. Secondly, it covers the design, provision, management and support of infrastructure including both virtual and physical machines, including the operating systems layer.

The full opportunity has taken some time to be published. GMP first issued a pre-tender last May saying it was looking to overhaul and transition its data centre services to a virtualised infrastructure. It had signalled then that a contract tender was set to be published around June or July last year with a contract then expected to be awarded to the successful contractor in late 2017.

According to the GMP, virtualisation techniques are being sought as a means to transform large sections of the force’s existing infrastructure that is built around ageing technology.

“GMP is committed to improving technology to enable staff to work more effectively and efficiently, the IS Transformation Programme (ISTP) have, and will continue to introduce new technology to support core operational policing,” the original pre-tender notice said. “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 closing for applications is March 8.

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