LONDON Jan. 31, 2011 Salford $US9.2 million
Unisys will design and implement an advanced IT infrastructure by integrating new server, storage and networking platforms and delivering an upgrade to Microsoft Exchange 2010. The platform will enable the university to deliver cloud-based shared services in the future – for example, virtual learning environments shared with other universities. This will help the university enhance its student experience and attract and support a growing number of applicants who want to study remotely.
Derek Drury Salford
"A modern, virtualised technology platform is the key to delivering those requirements, so this data centre transformation project is critical to our business plan. We are impressed by Unisys’ balance between a well considered strategic vision and the technical expertise to project-manage the programme. We view Unisys as an ideal partner to help us realise the benefits of this long-term investment."
The university will use the new infrastructure as a platform for a centralised data warehouse and the consolidation of its business planning systems. The centralised IT service and support function will enable the university’s 95 IT staff to manage systems remotely from a single location. Virtualised systems and more efficient infrastructure will also help the university improve its carbon footprint and support its sustainability policy.
The new infrastructure will also support the university’s innovative teaching methods by enabling live streaming and recording of lectures, in addition to making available video, text and web-based course material. Mobile video conferencing will be available for tutorials and to facilitate collaboration on research projects. Staff and students will also benefit from increased secure access to the university network from their personal laptops and mobile devices, as well as from campus computing centres.
Rob Chapman Middle East Africa Salford
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