Georgia Technology Authority Taps Unisys for Hybrid Cloud
Published: August 29, 2018
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The Georgia Technology Authority has awarded a $219 million contract to Unisys for hybrid-cloud services.
The Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) is working through an upgrade of its technology systems in order to improve service delivery and cut costs. Under the terms of the contract, which runs for 5.5 years followed by three 12-month option periods, Unisys will act as a cloud broker, enabling the state to improve its existing IT infrastructure with a more modern and secure hybrid cloud environment that includes access to the Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure public clouds. The GTA is also implementing new security measures including single sign-on authority.
As the cloud broker, Unisys is responsible for managing the state’s computing and data storage environment as well as providing deployment, technology refresh, patching, trouble shooting and asset management services. In addition to its cloud broker role, the state has options to acquire additional digital government services from Unisys that simplify access to services by both state employees and citizens.
This award comes on the heels of another recently awarded contract for the company. Unisys was also awarded a $242.4 million deal with the Virginia Information Technology Agency (VITA). Through this contract, Unisys will manage the Commonwealth’s server, storage, and data center services.
For Georgia, this move follows a $100 million investment in the local cybersecurity industry. In March, the Hull McKnight Georgia Cyber Center for Innovation and Training, launched a new website CyberCenter.Georgia.Gov, which provides information on the work being done at the Cyber Center as well as training opportunities. The Georgia Cyber Center is the largest investment in cybersecurity by a state government to date. Along with the initial building, an additional second building is expected to be added in December, which will serve as an innovation and incubator hub for tech startups and will provide leasable space to the private sector supporting the state’s cybersecurity environment. This shows Georgia’s commitment to making developments in this area, and it may be worthwhile monitoring what further developments are in store in the state.