[Techtaffy Newsdesk]

Xerox is creating secure cloud-based services for Texas citizens by modernizing and consolidating its data centers. The upgrade will be one of the largest projects of its kind in the country, says the company.

Under an $848 million, eight-year contract, Xerox will help the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) streamline IT operations of state agencies by refreshing technology and combining operations from 28 separate facilities to two centralized data centers.

Xerox’s partners on the IT consolidation project include a number of Texas firms designated as Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs), as well as technology market leaders. By committing to deliver the services in Texas, Xerox and its partners will provide and sustain more than 500 jobs in the state.

Separately, DIR awarded Xerox a six-year, $53 million contract to continue its printing and mailing services that support a number of state agencies. Xerox prints more than 240 million pages annually, including notices, vehicle titles and Workers’ Compensation documents.