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HP signs up to provide SaaS to UK education institutions

HP Enterprise Services has signed a deal with UNIT4 Business Software to provide a flexible and scalable cloud platform to allow a software-as-a-service [SaaS] solution to be provided to educational institutions across the UK.

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The UK education industry administrative systems supplier hand-picked HP to provide the cloud solution and it will mean that over 150 Further Education [FE] colleged and more than 100 Higher Education [HE] universities will be able to benefit.

“To drive greater efficiency and reduce administration costs, education institutions are investigating new IT delivery options such as SaaS,”says Darren Hunt, Sales and Marketing Director (UK & Ireland), UNIT4 Business Software Ltd. “We have chosen HP as a preferred hosting provider for the education sector for its proven track record in hosted services. This enables us to provide UNIT4 Campus, built on the UNIT4 Agresso Development Platform, as a service via the cloud – quickly, securely and cost-effectively.”

As part of the deal HP Enterprise Cloud Services – Virtual Private Cloud is laying on an infrastructure-as-a-service [IaaS] offering for the next five years that will let UNIT4 offer its clients a pay-as-a-go option.

“At a time of great change for the education sector, clients are examining closely the relationships they have with suppliers,” says Craig Wilson, UK MD for HP Enterprise Services. “HP will enable UNIT4 to offer solutions that meet the requirements of institutions today as well as empowering the colleges and universities of tomorrow.”

Education is one sector that is well poised to benefit from advances in cloud computing and last week’s Bett 2014 conference saw a glut of major technology vendors in attendance including Acer, Google, Intel, Lenovo, HP, Toshiba, Sony and Microsoft.

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