IPC has awarded its ICT infrastructure outsourcing contract to Belgium-based, pan-European IT service provider, Cegeka. Using Cegeka’s private cloud services will enable IPC to scale its IT infrastructure and enhance data security.
Cegeka will install two Oracle Exadata Database Machines in both its mirrored datacentres in Belgium, and set up 130 virtual application servers in its highly secure private cloud. Other services include pay-per-use storage and back-up, service management and IT architecture consultancy.
“ICT is at the heart of our operations. By outsourcing major parts of our infrastructure and services, we are preparing for future growth. We expect to see a significant increase in the number of transactions following the launch of a new e-Commerce platform which will enable the capture and exchange of data between leading world posts throughout the e-Commerce delivery process,” says Alan Barrie, Operations & Technology Director. “This will allow us to shift our focus towards developing strategic software solutions for our business units.”
The new outsourced data centre will be the backbone of the new IPC e-Commerce platform which will allow for a greater integration of postal networks and enable postal operators to best respond to consumers and e-retailers’ needs, including tracking, delivery choice, easy returns and connected customer service. IPC’s databases generate hundreds of thousands of records every day. With the new private cloud services from Cegeka, IPC is ready for further growth.
IPC and Cegeka will start the migration in March, in order to be fully operational in August 2015.