IBM has signed a $200 million contract with BT to install new mainframes and software in its data and support centres.
The multi-year 'Strategic Platform Agreement', which will buoy up IBM?s services business, is part of BT?s data consolidation strategy. BT?s data centres support a variety of its business, including customer service centres that handle enquiries ranging from billing to fault reporting for residential and business customers.
The contract, which is being financed by IBM Global Financing, will include IBM strategic software components for creating ebusiness and business intelligence applications.
BT?s revamp will include 15 IBM S/390 mainframes and 10 IBM Magstar virtual tape servers and associated IBM Magstar 3494 tape libraries. The tape systems will improve capacity, lower the cost of data processing and allow for unmanned operation outside prime times, according to IBM.
?IBM not only convinced us that they have the best technology and people to help us achieve our corporate goals, but also demonstrated terrific flexibility in the commercial terms,? commented Patricia Vaz, BT's director of business services, in a statement.
Europe has recently been an extremely lucrative hunting ground recently for IBM contract wise. Last month, it sealed an agreement estimated to be worth $3 billion with Telefonica, Spain?s largest telecommunications company.
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