Our friends at Unisys tell us that the company's European subsidiary Unisys Limited has entered into a contract to provide Colt Technology Services with infrastructure, cloud management software and services. After the initial U.K. implementation, the companies intend to provide the services from an additional six data centers within Colt's European network. Both Colt and Unisys will use this environment to deliver cloud-based services to their customers throughout Europe.
Colt is a leading provider of business communications and IT managed services to organizations throughout Europe. Part of Colt's overall cloud strategy, these new services are intended to increase customers' flexibility in accessing IT infrastructure and software resources on an as-needed basis while minimizing capital costs.
Under the initial 3-year agreement, Unisys will implement a cloud computing environment, which will be installed in Colt's secure data centre. Colt will provide a range of infrastructure, platform and virtualized desktop services based on this platform.
Unisys will manage its cloud-based infrastructure using the Unisys Converged Remote Infrastructure Management Suite of solutions. These ITIL-compliant, best- practice IT management services will be integrated into Colt's existing ITIL V3 Service Operation.
"This is a significant business relationship for Colt. Combining our high-performance network and data centre services with Unisys' extensive IT and cloud-solution expertise, we are able to further demonstrate our position as a leading provider of a range of best-in-class cloud-based offerings," explains Richard Oosterom, managing director, Colt Managed Services. "The services Colt will bring to market with Unisys will address the deployment and management of complex existing architectures. This will enable Colt to offer customers a range of enterprise cloud services which provide high performance, reliability and real-time response to dynamic business changes."