Atos and IBM have announced plans to collaborate on building a secured infrastructure for the Dutch Ministry of Defence, Ministerie van Defensie (MinDef).

MinDef is planning to advance its technological capabilities by upgrading infrastructure services and using the companies’ Global Technology Services to construct new data centres.

Safeguarding MinDef’s IT system and building a proprietary mobile network are also the focus of the project.

“Our work on Ground-breaking IT (GrIT) marks our continued commitment to building secure infrastructures that help global customers accelerate their digital transformations.”, said Atos Netherlands CEO Peter Jong.

“By collaborating with IBM, a world-class partner with deep experience in helping government organisations across the globe modernise with advanced technology, we will help enable the Ministry to build an agile organisation based on a reliable, secured, future-ready and flexible digital infrastructure.”, Jong continued.

Digital backbone for the Dutch Ministry

The companies also announced plans to expand their strategic global alliance in January 2021 to reconstruct digital acceleration, increase productivity and reduce operational costs.

IBM hybrid cloud and edge ecosystem general manager Evaristus Mainsah said: “Collaborating on GrIT with Atos, one of our sustainability-focused global ecosystem partners, reinforces our mission to build secure infrastructures using open hybrid cloud to help customers make their organisations future-ready.

“Together, we’re helping customers, like the Dutch Ministry of Defence, accelerate their digital transformations by streamlining operations and increasing productivity in a most secured environment,” Mainsah concluded.