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NZ Insurance firm re-signs Unisys

Unisys has won a contract renewal with New Zealand insurance company, Lumley General, in a multi-million dollar deal.

Unisys has won a contract renewal with New Zealand insurance company, Lumley General, in a multi-million dollar deal.

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According to a statement released by the company, the three-year renewal "builds on a 20-year relationship in which Unisys has provided mainframe and datacentre services".

As part of the deal, Unisys will provide the use of two ClearPath Libra 4090 mainframes solely to Lumley, but the insurance company will pay only for the processing power it uses. The company has also been contracted to provide installation and systems support.

"Previously, Lumley would have had to buy a monthly processing capacity cap based on the performance requirements during their busiest periods — meaning they could be paying for idle capacity during quieter periods. Now they can pay as they go," Unisys New Zealand managing director Brett Hodgson said in a statement.

"The pay-as-you-use capability of the Unisys solution is designed to support the fundamentals of our business — the need to be able to access and process the right information to support our customers within a flexible, cost effective and responsive structure," IT manager for Lumley, Mike Gardner said in a statement.

The servers will be housed at the Unisys New Zealand datacentres in Auckland and Kapiti, near Wellington, and will support Lumley's insurance applications which are used to underwrite and process applications.

The other services Lumley will receive from Unisys under the deal include hardware-break fix, third-level system support, and disk-on-demand datacentre services.