ICM will design and install the network and IT infrastructure for the MTC building, which spans 13,500 square metres, and will support more than 300 users. The HP converged infrastructure will allow MTC to accelerate deployment of IT services and also deliver the flexibility for its IT usage to grow with the business. ICM has used a mixture of technologies to achieve the stated goals of the MTC, including blade technology, virtualisation and unified communications.
MTC’s IT will also be monitored remotely via ICM’s Birstall data centre. If the data centre is alerted to any problems with the network and IT infrastructure, a dedicated on-site engineer will rectify it, as well as offer day-to-day support to IT users on site.
Leigh Carnes, Operations Director at MTC, said: “As a centre for manufacturing excellence, which bridges the gap between academic research and business, an advanced and reliable IT provision is extremely necessary. ICM will provide us with the backbone to deliver our services under one roof to the country’s leading academics, engineers and industry professionals.”
Rob Lockwood, Professional and Managed Services Director at ICM, said: “ICM’s first-rate capability has once again been proven by winning the tender for an important element of the Government’s plans to boost UK manufacturing. We are very proud to be the essential IT support behind MTC’s mission to convert the UK’s world-class academic research into credible manufacturing solutions.”
About ICM www.ICM.co.uk
ICM is the only UK IT infrastructure and business continuity services provider to offer a complete range of on-premise, off-premise and cloud-based solutions to the mid market. Its many accreditations include Microsoft Gold Partner, Citrix Gold Partner, HP Gold Preferred Partner, NetApp Platinum Partner, as well as VMware Premier Services & Solutions Partner.
ICM has more than 30 years’ experience working alongside private and public sector organisations, including Costain, Eddie Stobart, Phones4U, Swinton Insurance, Thomas Cook and Welcome Break, as well as building societies, universities, local government and healthcare organisations.
ICM was formed through the merger of Servo and ICM Business Continuity Services and is part of the Phoenix IT Group plc (quoted on the London Stock Exchange). ICM employs 700 people in 23 locations, including 18 business continuity centres and 13 datacentres throughout the UK, and has an annual turnover of £153.7million.
About The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)
The MTC has been established to prove innovative manufacturing processes and technologies in an agile environment for a partnership of companies. Industrial members of the MTC include Rolls-Royce, Aero Engine Controls, Airbus UK, Hewlett Packard and DMG. Founder research partners include the University of Birmingham, University of Nottingham, Loughborough University and TWI Ltd.
The MTC (Manufacturing Technology Centre) provides a high quality environment for the development and demonstration of new technologies on an industrial scale, providing a unique opportunity for manufacturers to develop new and innovative processes and technologies in a low risk environment.
The areas of MTC’s technology focus are appropriate to both large and small companies and are applicable across industry sectors. Founder industrial members of the MTC are Rolls-Royce, Aero Engine Controls and Airbus UK. Research partners include the University of Birmingham, University of Nottingham, Loughborough University and TWI Ltd. For more information see www.the-mtc.org