Greater Manchester Police plans data centre migration

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The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is seeking a supplier to provide managed service for Greater Manchester Police (GMP), which is moving from its old data centre.

The GMCA, as the contracting authority for Greater Manchester Police, has issued a notification expressing interest in paying between £12m and £17m for a five-year contract for the managed service, with a two-year extension on a 1+1 basis, subject to funding and contractor performance.

The contract is due to begin at the end of 31 July 2018 and end on 1 June 2023.

The contract covers two requirements: design, delivery and management of transitions of GMP services as it moves from the old data centre service to the new service, which involves moving all in-scope services to a virtual infrastructure; and design, provision, management and support of infrastructure, including both virtual and physical machines, which includes the operating systems layer.

The contract will also be open to be accessed by the Trafford Borough Council.

Interested candidates can register their details and download the tender documents from the Blue Light portal. SMEs also are eligible to apply, the notification said.

Furthermore, it stated that this is a two-stage restricted tender process where bidders who qualify in the SQ/PQQ stage will be invited to submit the ITT invitation to tender.

The deadline for submission of applications is 8 March 2018.

The GMP had first issued a pre-tender in May 2017 stating that it intends to overhaul and transition its data centre services to a virtualised infrastructure, but the contract tender was not published.

The GMP said that virtualisation techniques are being sought to transform large sections of the force’s existing infrastructure that is built around ageing technology.

The original pre-tender notice had said: “GMP is committed to improving technology to enable staff to work more effectively and efficiently, the IS Transformation Programme (ISTP) have, and will continue to introduce new technology to support core operational policing.

“This includes how users will experience IT as part as their roles alongside building a better IT infrastructure to be more dependable and flexible in the future.”