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n°22  |  January   2008
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La Poste chooses Bull to modernize, consolidate and secure its IT production sites

French Post Office successfully delivers a project with significant human, industrial and logistical challenges.

After its open call for tender focusing on the security of its IT Production sites, the French Post Office (La Poste) has entrusted Bull with the relocation and hosting of its server network on two industrial, highly secure sites. The 16-month relocation phase was completed in April 2007, and the agreement is now operating as on-going services contract.

Key figures for this major project

  • 2,200m2 of IT platforms integrated in under four months
  • 1,733 servers and 870 network installations hosted in 500 racks
  • Eight La Poste production sites relocated to two remote Bull sites
  • More than 120kms of optical fiber network cables deployed
  • Ten separate relocation initiatives, involving teams from La Poste, its service providers and Bull Outsourcing Services
  • Between 30 to 70 Bull’s staff mobilized for each relocation, and involved over eight weekends.

Three factors have been vital to the success of this complex industrial-scale project:

  • The expertise in industrial processes provided by the teams from La Poste, coupled with very strong cohesion with Bull teams, ensuring that tools and methods could be rapidly and efficiently shared
  • Bull’s industrial capacity, which enabled the IT platforms to be delivered within the timescales dictated by La Poste, while complying to the very latest standards in force
  • Bull’s know-how when it comes to data center ‘urbanization’, which enabled the company to provide the entire package of system engineering, processes, tools and project management, with a strong emphasis on risk management.

In addition to a highly professional relocation process, it was the joint efforts of our teams and the quality of the manpower that made the difference. All the transfers were successful, as was the switch-over to on-going secure contractual arrangements. What’s more, this was achieved against a backdrop of especially demanding requirements for service continuity and the need to guarantee instantaneous business recovery,” explained Michel Delattre, IT Director for La Poste. “Today, we are benefiting from an infrastructure that meets our very high security requirements,” he added.

Jean-Pierre Barbéris, General Manager, Bull France commented: “The way that the teams from La Poste and Bull have worked in tandem has been exemplary throughout this highly complex relocation, both from the industrial and logistical points of view. This rewards the considerable efforts we have made in terms of investment in our data centers, with a view to providing highly secure, integrated and environmentally-sustainable production environments. When combined with state-of-the-art tools and a set of highly industrialized service delivery processes, we can offer our customers real benefits in terms of service levels, flexibility and security; and all cost-effectively.”

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