Pa. adds $252 million to data center contract

Pa. adds $252 million to data center contract

Pennsylvania has extended by three years its data center contract with a team led by Unisys Corp. at a cost of $252 million. The 10-member contractor team in 1999 had signed a $621 million agreement to operate the state's data center for seven years, with a provision for the three-year extension.

Under the new agreement, the Unisys team will cut pricing by $31 million for the remaining years of the seven-year first stage of the contract, which ends in 2006. Unisys also will upgrade disaster-recovery services.

The data center houses mainframe and midrange computers to process driver's licenses, property tax and rent rebates, criminal justice files, unemployment compensation claims and other state records [see story at www.gcn.com/21_28/departments/19949-1.html]. It replaced more than 20 agency data centers that had redundant equipment, commonwealth officials said.

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