Defra turns to Kyndryl to support its critical services for UK citizens


Kyndryl (NYSE: KD), the world’s largest IT infrastructure services provider and Leader 2022 in the Gartner Magic Quadrant, Hybrid Cloud and Network Mobility, and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) today announced a collaboration to help manage and support Defra’s core network infrastructure used to host and run their critical services, benefiting all UK citizens. The agreement will help Defra to reduce network risk and manage technical debt as it modernises its systems and continues with its journey to adopt cloud technology.

This is the first direct contract which Kyndryl has signed with Defra, having previously provided services to run and manage Data Centre Infrastructure and Networking, as part of a much larger, integrated and complex multi-supplier agreement. Defra has appointed Kyndryl under the G-Cloud 13 framework where Kyndryl offers multiple cloud services which are available to UK public sector organisations.

Kyndryl is uniquely placed to deliver these services, drawing on its depth and breadth of network and edge experience, and providing the practitioner expertise and knowledge together with technologies that help customers prepare for the next wave of cloud adoption with 5G-enabled edge and software-defined networking.

Public sector organisations need to balance cost efficiency with service quality to deliver improved customer experiences and increased positive outcomes. The need to digitally transform, adopt new multi-cloud hybrid infrastructure and platforms is critical for success. As this adoption happens, Kyndryl can advise, build and manage services to help organisations transform whilst providing service security and stability in legacy infrastructure environments as well as connectivity to sustain business continuity.

“Kyndryl is thrilled to sign its first direct contract with Defra to manage and support its core network infrastructure, which is used to host and run critical services in support of Defra’s strategic aims to achieve a cleaner, greener country. This underpins our continued ambition and focus to support the UK’s public sector and to drive better outcomes for citizens,” said John Chambers, Kyndryl United Kingdom & Ireland President.