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Wipro secures a $44.5 million data centre contract from the UK National Grid.

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Wipro secures a $44.5 million data centre contract from the UK National Grid.

Wipro has been awarded a $44.5 million contract by the UK National Grid to provide data centre services.

The UK-based electricity and gas utility company owns and operates electricity and natural gas transmission networks in the United Kingdom, while also producing and supplying electricity and natural gas in the northeastern United States.

The five-year contract is divided into four lots, each of which includes colocation, managed services, mainframes, and data centre migration. It includes two one-year extension options.

The Indian IT services provider Wipro will be required to provide facilities for hosting IT hardware, including facility management, monitoring, and security; managed services for server and cloud asset operations (including patching, licencing, and compliance); and mainframe hosting and management (presumably to cloud architectures).

The company, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange, stated that it is “looking to deliver next-generation capabilities” around its data centres and networks in order to provide “reliable services to the business.”

“From an operational standpoint, it is critical that National Grid achieves increased service delivery speed, scalability, and flexibility through data centre footprint optimization, operations automation, and the development and implementation of hybrid cloud architectures that meet National Grid’s current needs and can scale to meet future needs,” the company stated.

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