“Atos secures major EDF Energy IT contract”
London – 21 March 2012
Expected to improve resilience and reduce costs
Atos, an international IT services company, today announced that it has signed a 10 year contract worth in excess of £100 million with EDF Energy to provide data centre services for its UK business. The new Atos solution will consolidate EDF Energy's data centre infrastructure to cut costs by 20% over the life of the contract.
Ursula Morgenstern, CEO for UK and Ireland at Atos, said: “This contract extends our relationship with EDF Group and represents the start of a long term partnership between Atos and EDF Energy in the UK. It also consolidates our leading position in managed services in Europe following the acquisition of Siemens IT Solutions and Services in 2011 and demonstrates our strength in the UK market in infrastructure outsourcing.”
Nigel Pettifer, EDF Energy Head of Data Centres, said: “Throughout the rigorous 12 month procurement process, Atos clearly demonstrated that it had the expertise, capability and capacity to meet our business 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.”
Under the new contract, Atos will provide EDF Energy with significant additional data centre capacity to meet increased demand, whilst also enabling its services to be flexed up or down according to requirements. Atos will rationalise the existing data centre facilities and introduce services from its own global network of data centres, as well as implementing new technology solutions to further improve service resilience.
Over 100 employees from EDF Energy are transferring to Atos and will continue to be based at EDF Energy locations. Atos and EDF Energy have worked closely together to ensure a smooth transition for all employees.
Atos is one of the leaders in managed services and cloud computing with 30 major data centres, 900,000 SAP users and management of more than 90,000 servers globally.
Atos is an international information technology services company with annual 2011 proforma revenue of EUR 8.5 billion and 74,000 employees in 42 countries. Serving a global client base, it delivers hi-tech transactional services, consulting and technology services, systems integration and managed services. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, it works with clients across the following market sectors: Manufacturing, Retail, Services; Public, Health & Transports; Financial Services; Telecoms, Media & Technology; Energy & Utilities.
Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. It is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting & Technology Services, Atos Worldline and Atos Worldgrid.
About EDF Energy
EDF Energy is one of the UK's largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-sixth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to more than 5.5 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.
EDF Energy's safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK's largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework. These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain's homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK's future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.
Through its Sustainability Commitments, EDF Energy has launched one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company and the company has since been awarded the highest ranking of Platinum Plus in Business in the Community's 2011 Corporate Responsibility Index, the UK's leading voluntary benchmark of corporate responsibility.
EDF is the official electricity supplier and a sustainability partner of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The company is also helping its customers and others use energy more sustainably through products and initiatives such as Team Green Britain, smart meters and electric vehicle research.
EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe's largest power companies. The company employs around 15,000 people at locations across the UK.
For more news from EDF Energy please see www.edfenergy.com/media-centre. To find out more about the UK's energy challenges look at www.edfenergy.com/energyfuture.
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