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£230,000 IT Investment

Brett Martin Head Office, Co Antrim

BT, a leading global provider of communications and IT services has won a five-year £230,000 contract to design, build and manage the IT infrastructure for Brett Martin, the global manufacturer of construction materials headquartered in Mallusk, County Antrim. The latest in a series of engagements between the two companies has made BT a one-stop shop for all of the company’s technology and communications needs.
“Having BT as a single provider of IT infrastructure, network interconnectivity as well as fixed and mobile communications, allows Brett Martin access to cutting-edge technologies at an affordable price,” said Colm O’Neill, Managing Director, BT Business.

Under the new contract, BT designed and re-equipped the company’s existing data centre and added a second site, giving the business more resilience in the event of disaster.

Virtualised hardware has been deployed, reducing the number of servers that run the business applications from just over thirty to four, making the IT environment easier to manage and less expensive to power. A 24/7 BT helpdesk in Belfast handles any technical issues that arise.

“This project gave us the opportunity to minimise the risk to our business yet at the same time reduce the total cost of ownership of the IT infrastructure,” said Brian Martin, Brett Martin. “It is the perfect partnership for us. We are able to leverage BT’s global expertise across all our sites and manage it through a single point of contact.”

The company currently has six UK sites and one in the Netherlands, all connected by a BT MPLS network, running core applications out of the new data centres.  BT Mobile provides a mobile service to the company’s 600 employees. The roll-out of the new infrastructure also involved a migration to the latest versions of a suite of Microsoft products that underpin the business.