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Greater Manchester Police issues £17m data centre virtualisation pre-tender

Neil Merrett Published 11 May 2017

Up to five suppliers sought to tender for managed service contract as part of competition due to launch during summer to support force digital transformation aims


Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has issued a £17m pre-tender to overhaul and transition its data centre services to a virtualised infrastructure with several potential suppliers being sought to express interest in the contract.

With former MP Andy Burnham being elected earlier this month as the first ‘metro mayor’ for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority that brings together the work of 10 boroughs, he will now be responsible for the functions of the city’s former Police and crime commissioner.

With a changing approach to devolved powers such as policing, a number of suppliers are being sought to design, implement and transition GMP’s data centre services with a contract tender expected to be published by the end of June.

“[The proposed contract] will provide a managed service to support and maintain such services and facilitate the migration of the services to alternative locations if required,” said the pre-tender notice.

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,” said the notice. “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.”

In total, up to five suppliers will be shortlisted and then invited to tender for the managed service provider contract with the successful bidder expected to be unveiled later this year.  The contract is intended to help the force meet its commitment to deliver a target operating model for information services that will be supported through the new digital infrastructure.

The force’s five part target operating model includes commitments such as the use of information and new technologies, as well as increased working between the force and other agencies.

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