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October 1, 2010

Camwood wins UK-wide IT update project from BAE

To migrate all business-critical applications onto the Microsoft Applications Virtualization (App-V) platform

By CBR Staff Writer

Camwood, a UK-based firm involved in application logistics, has been awarded a two-year contract by BAE Systems to support a major IT update project.

As per the contract, Camwood will support a multi-vendor team comprising employees from BAE Systems and its IT partners to migrate all business-critical applications onto the Microsoft Applications Virtualization (App-V) platform.

Camwood will enable the team to enhance the desktop estate to support these virtualised applications alongside an updated desktop solution.

The team will have access to Camwood’s application migration manager for tracking large numbers of applications, and App-DNA’s AppTitude for insight into potential problems, with application compatibility during migration to new OS and virtualisation platforms.

The company will work for BAE Systems’ desktop refresh project known as myIT Desktop, which will supply up to 37,500 PC users across BAE Systems’ 74 UK sites with virtualised applications.

The project includes updating the ‘back-office’ PC support systems to Microsoft’s latest standard, and relocation of around 1000 business-critical applications into a secure ‘cloud’ using the Microsoft App-V platform.

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As per the project, applications of the 37,500 individual desktops will be stored centrally and delivered on-demand to authorised users to provide business agility, improved security and IT governance cost effectively, as well as to simplify future upgrades.

Camwood is providing consultancy and implementation services that cover application migration and ongoing application management.

BAE Systems project director Nick Walker said that Camwood’s expertise will help BAE meet its long-term strategy to divorce desktop and application environments so the it can simplify future upgrades.

Camwood CEO Frank Foxall said that they were delighted that their expertise will play a big part in this BAE Systems project to migrate to new OS and virtualisation platforms.

"Our team is confident that its skills and technology toolset will help BAE Systems meet its strategic goals of enhancing business agility, improving security and lowering cost," Foxall said.

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