The government's procurement agency has signed a two-year managed services framework with 12 suppliers.

On Monday, Buying Solutions inked the deal, which can be accessed by all sizes of government department. The aim is to make the services available, as standalone or fully managed offerings, at a significantly reduced cost to departments.

The framework addresses managed IT – including servers, PCs, mobile devices and peripherals, technology estate monitoring and refreshing, and maintenance – as well as disaster recovery, managed hosting, datacentre provision, data and application hosting, remote access, network services, service desk and asset management.

Nathan Marke, chief technology officer at 2e2, one of the suppliers, said the managed services on offer were “a key enabler for shared services initiatives” aimed at improving efficiency.
The other listed suppliers are Bull Information Systems, Centerprise, Civica, Computacenter, Getronics, Logica, Northgate, Servo, SCC, Steria and SungGard.