The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency has signed a four year contract with an anticipated maximum value of €45 million with Bechtle for client equipment and accessories in support of the NATO IT Modernisation Project (ITM) – the largest overhaul and modernisation of NATO’s IT infrastructure in recent years.
In a strong partnership with Dell, Bechtle will supply laptops, tablets, monitors and other end-user devices to update and refresh user equipment across the Alliance, to deliver standardised hardware and homogeneous applications, increase the availability of services, strengthen NATO-wide resilience capability, enhance information security, and increase the mobility and agility of the workforce.
The main ITM contract was awarded on 30 March 2017 to General Dynamics IT, which is responsible for designing, implementing, testing and activating the new functional services, as well as installing and integrating the user equipment NCI Agency will procure from Bechtle. During its first phase, ITM will deliver to NATO sites in Mons (BEL) and Lago Patria (ITA), where two data centres will be established, and to Norfolk (USA), Northwood (GBR), Izmir (TUR), and Sigonella (ITA), locations that will host enhanced computing capabilities. The project will also establish two geographically separated Service Operations Centres. Then, under subsequent phases, General Dynamics IT will integrate NATO HQ in Brussels (BEL) as a third data centre and implement additional enhanced and standard nodes across Europe. In total, ITM will deliver to 7 sites during the first phase and to 44 sites across the entire project. The first phase of ITM has a very aggressive schedule and is estimated to be completed by September 2018.