P4U runs back-office consolidation


Phones 4U’s outsourcing deal with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), inked last year, has seen its data centre restructure completely overhauled.

Phones 4U said the deal with TCS and Fujitsu Technology Solutions will see overheads reduced for its Siebel retail trading platform, which facilitates transactions in-store and online. The Siebel platform is housed in two Phones 4U data centres, and infrastructure there will be replaced and simplified.TCS will manage the programme and Fujitsu will handle installation.

Phones 4U director of IT strategy Steve Johnson said: “Fujitsu BladeFrame delivers a cost-effective hardware solution that supports open systems and delivers significantly reduced operating costs.  Crucially the technology means we can dynamically reuse capability for development and testing of new services and gives us scalability for long-term growth.

“Fujitsu’s approach and the consequent costs have been consistent throughout the process. It has been flexible enough to deliver what we want without sacrificing quality and the engagement with other parties has meant a joined-up, integrated solution.”

Fujitsu relationship director Sheema Segal said: “This is a landmark deal for Fujitsu. Aside from replacing incumbent equipment in a data centre that was wall-to-wall one brand, it shows how hardware manufacturers can align with leading outsourcing organisations such as TCS to deliver dynamic infrastructures to leading retailers.”

Fujitsu said two PRIMERGY BladeFrame BF400 units will form the central part of the new platform.