Durham County Cricket Club has made its first signing of the new season – a three-year deal with technology expert ITPS.
The club has switched to cloud technology to get a better return on its IT investment and strengthen its data backup and security arrangements.
The contract sees ITPS take responsibility for day-to-day support of the ICT infrastructure of the club and its charity arm the DCC Foundation, which will include backup of the systems and data to ITPS’s new £4m data centre in Chester- le-Street, through cloud services.
Durham CCC sales director Tom Seymour said: “Making these enhancements to our IT infrastructure will increase functionality, improve communications and help us to reduce costs as we continue to grow our profile as a leading entertainment and hospitality venue as well as an international cricket ground.
“Expertise and quality of service were our benchmarks when we were looking for a new IT partner. ITPS has an excellent reputation among the North East business community and we look forward to a very successful partnership.”
Headquartered in Gateshead, ITPS specialises in IT consultancy, implementation and support and now employs 103 people across the HQ and data centre in Chester-le-Street.
Last year saw the business got a £242,000 grant from the Let’s Grow fund to create a third data centre in a former 33,000sqft IBM office, giving the company the largest data centre in the North East.
George Galloway, commercial director of ITPS added: “We are delighted that Durham CCC has chosen to work with ITPS, and join the growing band of clients benefiting from our investment in high security, high speed data centre facilities.
“Every business rests on data, and by adopting a cloud approach to its backup and storage, the club is taking the first step towards buying infrastructure as a service like any other business utility.”