eir Business NI partners with Version 1 in a 3-year deal with firmus energy

eir Business NI is working with IT services company Version 1 in a three-year deal worth £1.5 million to upgrade the systems at Northern Ireland utility firm firmus energy.

Under the contract with firmus energy, Version 1 has assumed responsibility for the company’s entire IT estate and has embarked on a major transformation programme to overhaul its legacy systems. A new company-wide network delivered by eir Business NI and managed from their Belfast Network Operations Centre provides firmus energy with a secure and reliable platform for these systems and incorporates IP telephony and datacentre services.

firmus energy finance director Greg Bell said: “Having been acquired by iCON Infrastructure in 2014, we were faced with the challenge of de-coupling our infrastructure and operations from our existing parent company.

“Following a competitive market process, we selected Version 1 based on its world-class managed services operations, deep utilities expertise and a commitment to transforming our IT estate to enable us to deliver an efficient, quality service to our customers across Northern Ireland.

“The switch from our legacy infrastructure to our new greenfield data centres has already been completed with zero downtime for our mission-critical business operations.”

Version 1 Northern Ireland head Lorna McAdoo added: “We are delighted with this new deal, which reflects our continued strong growth in the utilities sector and our commitment to the local market.

“We look forward to building a strong relationship with firmus energy and our partners eir Business NI and to delivering the infrastructure, systems and processes that will enable sustained growth in the highly competitive energy market.”