Unisys goes for DNSBOX again in Kent
ApplianSys today announced that the use of DNSBOX within Kent County Council is being extended by outsourced network management provider Unisys. The scope of its responsibilities has expanded to include network delivery of DHCP services and so it has purchased DNSBOX400 masters and DNSBOX200 slaves to make the extra workload easier to handle.
System integrator Unisys operates KPSN (Kent Public Service Network) services for Kent under a contract it won in 2008. Back then, it purchased DNSBOX300 master and DNSBOX100 slaves for use in the first stages of building a WAN to connect around 1,100 public sector establishments, including schools, council offices and libraries. DNSBOX was used to handle a purely DNS workload.
According to Unisys Network Architect Paul Thomsett, “our operators have come to trust the reliability of DNSBOX and appreciate the way it eases their admin task. Now we want a solution in an area with additional complexity, we naturally looked at the DNSBOX400 and 200 models, which were ideally specified to integrate distributed DNS and DHCP services.”
Unisys is a worldwide enterprise with clients in more than 100 countries. The company designs, builds, and manages mission-critical environments for businesses and governments.
Kent County Council (www.kent.gov.uk), serves a population of 1.4million people in England’s most South Easterly county. In 2008 it signed a £32m outsourcing contract with Unisys to build and manage a shared network for public services, with the aim of creating cost-effective communications and collaboration among local government agencies, while providing new information services to residents.