Unicef UK has selected Databarracks to be its IT backup and recovery services provider, to help increase the operational resilience of the organisation.

Unicef said the services would support business continuity and boost IT recovery processes.

Ian Williamson, Unicef UK ICT director, said an office consolidation project served as a key catalyst for the move.

He said: "We closed our Billericay office in order to become more integrated in the way we work. Moving to one London office has enabled us to save money, improve collaboration and, importantly, reconsider our overall IT strategy in light of newer procurement models."

This was particularly the case with backup, he said, as Billericay also served as the organisation's data and service failover site.

Williamson aimed to minimise capital investment by cutting the number of internally owned systems. Discrete functions are being outsourced to specialist providers with the aim of improving quality and internal efficiencies.

"My main priority is to ensure Unicef UK is not preoccupied with running IT systems," he said. "Our job is to support our staff to help the world's children. If embracing a new technology helps us to do that job better, whether that’s becoming more agile or cost-effective, then it makes sense for us to adopt it."

Databarracks worked alongside existing suppliers under the umbrella of a much larger IT improvement programme.

As the backup and disaster recovery provider Databarracks' first task was to successfully protect the new environment. Once the new system was set up, technicians recovered all new virtual machines to Databarracks' secure infrastructure, and presented them back to Unicef UK via Citrix.

By using Databarracks' "backup as a service" Unicef UK said it had gained a "greater insight into its IT spend", with predictable, transparent costs, as well as "enhanced levels of support and protection" for its mission-critical customer data, it said.