Unisys is attempting to promote Windows NT systems into government and financial sectors using a deal with Microsoft to expand training initiatives and set-up a number of Windows technology development centres.
The services company said it plans to train 2,000 IT professionals in Microsoft's server products over the next three years, specifically Windows NT. It also plans to establish five centres focused on developing and supporting Microsoft applications running on Unisys systems.
In return Microsoft said it would work with Unisys to improve performance and scalability on the company's servers and enterprise systems running Microsoft applications, with the emphasis on systems for use in government and in financial sectors.
"Microsoft's alignment with Unisys in the enterprise makes tremendous sense. Unisys brings extensive and deep experience in systems and services for business-critical computing, as well as expertise in key enterprise markets such as government and financial services," said Steve Ballmer, vice president of sales and support at Microsoft.
Unisys has only been offering enterprise server systems based on NT for two years and the company said it has already had significant revenue growth from these systems. The five centres of excellence will be based in different global locations whilst Unisys will establish a technology centre near Microsoft in Seattle.
As a company Unisys said it is to standardise across the board on Microsoft products, including Windows NT, Exchange and Internet Explorer.
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