No time to mess about, warns government
The British government has inked a £500 million data centre contract extension without a competitive tender, saying the facilities need to be running smoothly by March 16 next year – 13 days before Britain exits the European Union.
The contract has been handed to Crown Hosting Data Centres Limited (CHDC), a joint venture between the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Ark Data Centres Ltd (Ark), and represents an extension of a £700 million deal first signed in 2015.
It is for “provision, installation, maintenance and operation of Data Centre systems; Data Centre LAN services; Data Centre Interconnectivity and the provision of Data Centre facilities from at least two separate locations and available in multiple regions.”
No Ramp-Up; Must Be Ready to Go 13 Days Before Brexit
A public notice of the contract says Crown Hosting “must, for the sake of the country’s CNI [critical national infrastructure] have the capability and capacity from the ‘word go’ to provide the expected services seamlessly without increased risk to the customers.”