A project to update Nottinghamshire County Council’s central hub for all its IT systems has been completed, which is to benefit almost all services and ensure greater value for money for local residents.
The data centre is located at County Hall and houses the key IT systems and equipment to support many of the Council’s services and enable residents to access online information via its website and email system.
The centre has been completely overhauled for the first time in its 30-year history.
It previously struggled to house the large number of IT systems and its outdated cooling system often failed during the summer months which led to shutdowns, disrupting many services such as libraries, highways, social work and schools.
The £1.8m project included strengthening the centre so that it can cope with more IT systems being installed in the future and an improved cooling system which is more environmentally friendly, energy efficient and reliable. The cooling system alone is forecast to reduce running costs over the old equipment by £70,000 per year.
For the first time IT services can continue whilst standard and emergency maintenance work takes place due to the changes.
The improvements will also help the authority to use its office space more effectively by allowing staff to use any desk with a computer and a telephone in any of its buildings.
This forms part of a plan to dispose of 22 Council office buildings over the next three to four years saving £2m each year in rent, repairs and other running costs.
Coun Reg Adair, the County Council’s cabinet member for finance and property, said: “The data centre is the beating heart of our IT network which supports our services so it is crucial that the facility is reliable and efficient for the benefit of our service users and staff alike.
“The centre has struggled to cope with the increased number of IT systems for a number of years so these essential improvements will bring our IT network at the forefront of technology and will lay the foundations for further improvements in future years.”