DeBeers-owned firm the Diamond Trading Company (DTC) has signed a seven-year outsourcing deal with Unisys for the management of its datacentres.

The contract, worth about £8.5m, includes support for DTC’s virtualisation programme and promises the firm an improved business continuity capability to minimise systems downtime and raise service consistency.

A key plank of the deal is the transformation of DTC’s IT architecture through virtualisation. The firm wants this project completed by August next year, with the planned virtualised environment to run on Unisys ES7000/one enterprise servers, along with other servers and storage systems, at Unisys sites in the UK. Management and support services will be delivered from the Unisys facility in Bangalore, India, with project management in Hungary as well as the UK.

Jeremy Newell, director of IT and programmes at DTC, said the diamond firm needed a “sophisticated, business-driven IT infrastructure that enhances our supply chain and supports our operations.” He said deal would make this happen by giving us “confidence that our our operational IT requirements are being handled expertly, so that we can focus on developing solutions for the continually growing and changing requirements of our business.”

DTC is the sales and marketing arm of the De Beers family of companies. It sorts, values and sells in excess of 40% of the world’s rough diamonds. Its clients – known as "sightholders" – are among the world’s leading diamantaires, and are chosen for their ability to add value to the diamonds sold by the DTC. These sightholders are based mainly in the traditional cutting centres of Antwerp, Tel Aviv, Mumbai, Johannesburg and New York, as well as in Botswana, Namibia, Russia, China and Thailand.