Connect Housing has awarded ROCC a £278,000 contract for a complete information and communications technology architecture for the next five years, beginning at the end of this year. The contract was awarded as part of a ‘competitive dialogue’ tendering process involving 47 UK technology suppliers.
Under the contract, Connect’s IT infrastructure is being migrated to a virtual VMware server and SAN architecture, with back-up and recovery from ROCC’s datacentre in Surrey, alongside fibre links and power-over-Ethernet where needed. Connect’s existing desktop PCs will be virtualised and updates made to its current thin-client devices. Connects security and resilience requirements will be met through the use of Exchange 2010, Active Directory and disk encryption.