EDF Energy, the UK subsidiary of France’s national utility provider, has outsourced data centre management and provision to French IT services giant Atos.
Under the ten-year contract, worth over £100 million, Atos will take over operation of EDF’s UK data centres. Around 100 EDF employees will transfer to Atos.
By consolidating EDF’s facilities, Atos says it will cut data centre costs for the company by 20% over the lifetime of the contract. A spokesperson for EDF said there would be no immediate impact on the location of the data centres, however.
Nigel Pettifer, EDF Energy’s head of data centres, said in a statement that the procurement process had taken 12 months, and that Atos had demonstated the clearest capacity to meet its needs in the UK. “The new solution will enable us to run our business more cost effectively while improving the resilience and flexibility of our IT infrastructure," he said.
Ursula Morgenstern, Atos’ CEO for UK and Ireland, said that the contract extended the relationship between Atos and EDF. “This contract represents the start of a long term partnership between Atos and EDF Energy in the UK," Morgenstern said.