Birmingham City University has chosen Logicalis to help it develop a converged infrastructure, in a deal worth £3.6 million. 

The university’s 10 sites are served by a main data centre on its north campus, which it said is ageing and will not support its business needs beyond the next 18 months. 

The data centre houses business critical servers based on chassis and blade technology, along with a handful of standalone x86 and x64 servers, but suffers from “dated design based around mainframe computing of previous decades”, according to the university. 

The first part of Logicalis’ programme will be to create a new main data centre that can support the university’s business needs for the next seven to 10 years, which will be followed by replacing many parts of its existing network in a move towards a newly integrated infrastructure. 

An IP network currently spans all university sites, which delivers services that include student records, finance and HR, and is based around a Cisco 6500 platform. 

The university also has a wireless network across all sites, which mostly delivers the 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi service to staff, students and visitors.

Logicalis will be charged with replacing these and delivering new converged communication systems that offer collaboration benefits for the university. 

It is expected that much of the work will be completed by the end of 2012.