Unisys will provide a hybrid cloud solution that aims to create a secure and modern IT infrastructure for Kansas’ executive branch as part of a nearly $40 million contract that spans 62 months.
Under the contract, which is followed by two 1-year option periods, Unisys will upgrade the state to an up-to-date environment while cutting IT operating costs. The state will also get access to more Unisys support and operations resources to complement already existing IT staff.
Through the contract, the state will transfer ownership of its aging IT hardware to Unisys. The company will then replace that infrastructure with modern technology and access to the industry’s leading cloud service providers, while giving workers the most efficient and secure digital government tools available.
Unisys will be responsible for the compute and data storage environment as well as operational support, including deployment, technology refresh, patching, troubleshooting and asset management. The state will retain responsibility for application development.
In addition, Unisys will offer a full range of related services, including data center and network security, compliance and audit support, server management and disaster recovery.
“This contract is designed to create efficiencies and reduce operating risk, while providing the digital environment needed for today’s citizens and state workers,” said Michael Morrison, vice president and general manager for Unisys in the United States and Canada. “Working with Unisys, the state will be able to deploy more modern and secure tools using a cost-effective shared-services delivery model. The contract squarely positions the State of Kansas as a best practices leader, using digital government services as a way to serve citizens more efficiently.”