The contract involves the optimisation of data centre footprint, automation of operations and implementation of hybrid cloud architecture for the electricity network firm


Wipro headquarters on Sarjapur Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. (Credit: Rameshng/Wikipedia)

Indian IT company Wipro has secured a contract worth up to $44.5m from UK-based electricity and gas utility company National Grid to support its data centre strategy, transition and transformation.

The contract is part of National Grid’s efforts to deliver next-generation capabilities in data centres, networks, and improve the operating model.

National Grid owns and operates electricity and natural gas transmission networks both in the UK and the US.

In the contract notice, it was stated: “Operationally it’s key that National Grid achieve improved service delivery speed, scalability, and flexibility delivered though the optimization of data centre footprint, automation of operations and the developing and implementing hybrid cloud architectures that meet National Grid’s current needs and can flex to meet our future needs.”

The contract awarded to Wipro is divided into four lots that include data centre co-location, managed services, mainframes, and data centre migration.

The data centre co-location includes a global approach for complying with regional regulatory requirements and facilities that hosts IT hardware, including servers, storage, secure archive and backup, and networking equipment.

Under the contract, Wipro will be responsible for data centre managed services to deliver operational support for the scope of the existing datacentre and cloud estate.

The company will also have to manage and maintain the current set of mainframes along with their existing applications for National Grid.

Besides, the scope of the contract includes delivery of data centre migration activities, data migration activities, and application migration activities.

Separately, Wipro has partnered with Tennessee-based First Horizon Bank for the transformation of VirtualBank’s core banking channels and servicing capabilities.

The partnership is claimed to have resulted in the transformation of VirtualBank’s legacy technology stack to a cloud-based, Application Programming Interface (API) enabled offering.

Wipro Americas banking and financial services sector head and vice president Mahesh Raja said: “Offering full cloud support to a digital bank with thousands of customers was a challenging exercise. Wipro was able to help guide the process by combining the best aspects of modern and legacy financial systems.

“A repeatable playbook was created for the go-live launch sequence that can bring a competitive advantage to the market. Wipro is proud to be First Horizon’s strategic business partner in this journey which has better equipped both companies for the future.”