London, January 28, 2010 – Attenda Limited, the Always On Managed Services company, today announced that leading airline bmi has signed a three year contract renewal for the operational management of many of its key business applications, including re-platforming of the existing associated infrastructure.



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bmi is the second largest airline at London Heathrow and operates services in UK, Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. bmi has been an Attenda client since 2004 and the partnership has grown since then with Attenda now being one of bmi’s main IT suppliers.

Within the contract, Attenda will continue to host a number of bmi’s key business applications.

The airline has advanced plans to move much of the infrastructure delivered by Attenda onto Attenda’s new VMware vCloud platform.

As Peter Federico, Group IT Director, bmi explains, “Using Cloud Computing, based on VMware’s technology and provided to bmi by Attenda, gives us the capability to scale our computing capacity on demand, in order to meet spikes in activity. Clearly Cloud Computing is core to our day-to-day operations.”

The technical solution is based on various technologies and includes deployment of the Attenda Virtualisation Platform, shared SAN and NAS and other Attenda shared services. Attenda’s Virtualisation Platform is a scalable, demand-based IT infrastructure that delivers unprecedented business agility through the timely deployment of computing resource, storage and networking, to provide additional capacity when needed. The Virtualisation Platform transforms the IT environment, helping businesses to become more agile, deliver a better service and reduce costs.

Federico concludes, “Moving to a Cloud Computing model with Attenda will play a key role in our ongoing drive towards reducing the total cost of ownership of our IT infrastructure and increasing our operational agility.”

About Attenda
Attenda (www.attenda.net), the Always On Managed Services company, manages those vital applications that every business relies upon today to function effectively allowing our clients to selectively outsource their IT operations and re-focus on using IT to add strategic value to their business.

Through a commitment to operational excellence, we manage, secure and optimise the performance of their applications, irrespective of the physical location of the infrastructure.

With over 9 years' investment into Attenda M.O., Attenda's operations platform, we provide the people, process and technology to deliver exceptionally high service levels, but at a cost that is amortised across Attenda's entire client base - currently 134 of the UK's leading companies.

The company enjoys substantial financial backing, the industry's leading accreditations and an unrivalled portfolio of clients including bmi, Christian Aid, easyCar, Microsoft, NHS, Princes, St. James’s Place and Travelodge.

Attenda is ISO9001, ISO27001 and ISO20000 accredited, an HP SP Signature Partner, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, a SAP Adaptive IT Hosting Provider, a SunTone accredited managed service provider and an Accredited Supplier of Buying Solutions, the national procurement partner for UK public services. Attenda is one of only seven companies to have been ranked in the UK's Sunday Times ARM Tech Track 100 for three consecutive years. It was voted Best Managed Services Provider by Data Centre Europe Awards for both 2007 and 2008 and VMware’s EMEA Hosting Partner of the Year 2008 and 2009.

For further details, visit www.attenda.net or contact
Attenda Corporate Communications
Simon Hansford +44 (0)1784 211100
simon.hansford@attenda.net


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