• Manchester City Council signs UKFast to deliver IT upgrade

        • Manchester City Council has announced a major upgrade of its ICT facilities, awarding a long-term contract to hosting firm, UKFast. 

          The upgrade sees UKFast hosting the Council’s servers across two separate sites, including two new data centre facilities created especially by the firm.

          Through the long-term colocation deal, UKFast is set to provide greater service availability and resilience for the Council’s ICT infrastructure and critical services while bringing cost savings and efficiencies. 

          As part of the package, UKFast has committed to contribute 2.5 per cent of the contract’s value back into the Council’s Social Value Fund, which is made up of contributions from the Council’s partners and supply chain. The fund helps local people through work experience and apprenticeship opportunities to improve their skills and offer a route to the jobs market. UKFast’s focus on the community played a key part in securing the deal. 

          Cllr Carl Ollerhead, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Finance and Human Resources said, “UKFast are experts in their field that can offer the Council state of the art, highly secure data storage – using industry-leading technology - which we simply could not deliver on our own. This represents a major upgrade to the Council’s current data storage, meaning increased production and resilience for our residents’ data.

          “A key factor for choosing UKFast was their commitment to the city, including a promise to engage local schools to unlock training programmes to empower the next generation. I’ve also been impressed by their standing in the community, inviting local young people to use their sports and technical facilities for free.”

          Lawrence Jones, UKFast CEO added, “winning such an important contract inspired us to build an entirely new facility with increased resilience, specialised toward government hosting and machine learning. The investment also brings further connectivity options to the region.

          “It’s reassuring to hear how much the leaders in the Council value our contribution to the community and I am looking forward to teaming up with them on future initiatives.”

          UKFast and the Council will shortly commence the migration of all existing servers to UKFast-owned facilities, with completion of the project expected by October 2019.

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