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February 2, 2010

Unisys wins managed services contract from US Department of Defense

To manage and upgrade ClearPath mainframe environment for US DoD

By CBR Staff Writer

The US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Defense Information Technology Contracting Organisation (DITCO) has awarded Unisys a contract to provide IT managed services for DISA’s Unisys ClearPath mainframe environment.

Unisys said that the contract awarded in the fourth quarter of 2009, is worth an estimated $187m over its five-year term.

Under the contract, Unisys will provide additional mainframe processing capacity and support services for the agency’s ClearPath systems that support Air Force logistics, defense finance and accounting service financial activities, and other department of defense applications; and also upgrade DISA’s mainframe and storage environment, including installation of a virtual tape library storage offering.

The company claims that the ClearPath Dorado 700 Series is designed for transaction processing environments and offers clients the ability to match computing expenditures to their business requirements.

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Through metering, a pay-for-use systems software licensing capability, clients can maximise system capacity during peaks and minimise costs when usage is low, allowsing users to pay for the exact amount of processing power they use, as they use it, the company said.

Jim Geiger, managing partner of department of defense at Unisys Federal Systems, said: This contract represents an extension of a longstanding relationship between Unisys, DISA and DISA clients such as the Air Force. Our relationship with the Air Force began in 1983, and this contract will continue to support the service’s logistics and other applications. Unisys will continue to support these critical applications to help our Defense Department clients achieve their missions.

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