The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is looking for a partner to provide it with up to £78 million worth of hosting services, as part the department's Future IT Sourcing Programme (FITS) to replace a number of legacy contracts.

The department's current major ICT contracts were negotiated prior to the creation of the MoJ, and as such are broadly aligned to business units, rather than "supporting economic, standard and integrated services across the MoJ", according to the online contract notice.

The FITS programme is organised into service towers, a preferred approach amongst government departments in recent months, which allows for the MoJ to set up 'towers' that provide different services - such as desktops, networks, applications - across the whole organisation.

It is hoped that the MoJ will save approximately £100 million over the next three to five years in ICT costs by replacing or renewing all of its contracts under the FITS programme.

The hosting tower has been split into two separate requirements - hosting services and data centre services. This deal relates to the procurement of hosting services, with the data centre services notice due to be published at a later date.

The department said: "The hosting services requirement is likely to include the provision, installation, maintenance and operation of ICT systems to deliver centralised hosting, as well as providing a Data Centre LAN for hosting services, an ITIL service wrap, and possibly the inter data centre WAN.

"The hosting supplier will also be responsible for managing data centre services, on behalf of MoJ, so as to deliver an end-to-end hosting service."

The MoJ is expecting to sign an initial three year deal with a provider, but will include the option to extend by two further 12 month periods.

Those interested in participating in the tender process have until 1st July to submit information to the department.

When the data centre services contract is published it is likely to include data centre space from at least two locations, facility services (e.g. cooling, power, physical security) and facilities for the hosting supplier (e.g. storage, office space).

In other news, the MoJ recently put out a call for digital jobseekers to apply to work with the department's newly formed digital services division to help transform its public services into online products.

It said that every year nine million people come into contact with the justice system, using 'some of the most complex services in government', and if the department is going to provide digital access to these services, it needs good people.