Pennsylvania Finalizes Contract for Outsourcing Agency Data Centers

Pennsylvania finalized its strategic outsourcing contract with Unisys Corp. on Wednesday, agreeing to have the company consolidate up to 20 state agencies' data centers into a single centralized data center and provide management and operational support.

The seven-year deal is valued at about $500 million and is "the most extensive data center outsourcing contract of its kind at the state level," said a spokesman for the Blue Bell, Pa.-based company.

The contract was announced last September, but both state and federal agencies needed to review it to ensure it met various guidelines and requirements. The state agencies that run the current systems needed time to evaluate the change facing their departments, and federal agencies reviewed the deal because it affected state programs they are involved in, the spokesman said.

The transition to the Unisys Data Center will begin immediately on an agency-to-agency basis and will take one year to complete.

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