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Storage expert with Education focus allocated place on SSSNA framework


Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) have selected DTP Group as a Higher Education focused expert partner to represent the manufacturer on a multi-million pound universities framework.

The Servers, Storage and Solutions National Agreement (SSSNA) framework is designed to act as one stop shop for the procurement of IT infrastructure under a pre-tendered agreement. By procuring o the framework, Higher Education institutions benefit from consistently competitive pricing, along with a high level of quality service thanks to a strict service level agreement.

IT infrastructure tenders

In order to feature on the agreement, suppliers and vendors are asked to complete a rigorous tender process and so to have been awarded a place on Lots 1 & 2 of the framework is a fantastic achievement.

Lot 1 covers the provision of compute, specifically servers including Composable Infrastructure, virtual appliances, software support and maintenance including warranty extensions. Lot 2 includes the supply of storage hardware including virtual appliances and software defined storage inclusive of backup solutions, software support, maintenance and warranty extensions.

The Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC), which represents Higher Education institutes across the south of England, is leading this framework on behalf of the other regional University Consortia. The SSSNA agreement is available to any member institution of the following participating consortia:

  • Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC)
  • Higher Education Purchasing Consortium for Wales (HEPCW)
  • London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC)
  • North West Universities Purchasing Consortium (NWUPC)
  • North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium (NEUPC)
  • Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC)

Howard Hall, Group Managing Director for DTP Group comments “We are thrilled to once again be working as a strategic partner with HPE within the SSSNA framework. Which will allow us to continue to demonstrate our commitment to, and pedigree in successfully serving the sector over the last three decades”

Details of the first two Lots have now been published and the remaining Lot 3 and Lot 4, which cover high-performing computing, are likely to be awarded later on in November. The SSSNA agreement will last for four years and is anticipated to worth between £200m and £600m over that period.

For more information about how we can support you with your infrastructure needs, please contact our team on 01635 295650 or email


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