Hewlett-Packard has pipped Sun Microsystems to the post to supply Amazon.com with high-availability Unix servers in a deal estimated to be worth millions of dollars.
Under the deal, the retailer will also sell HP products - including scanners, printers, digital cameras, calculators, personal digital assistants and accessories - online in the US from January.
Amazon already sells a small range of HP products, which are supplied by a distributor. The new agreement will cut out the middleman - which Amazon.com refused to name.
Richard Chin, group product manager of Amazon.com's consumer electronics and software business, said: "The ability to source directly enables us to increase the selection and availability of HP products in our consumer electronics store."
The deal is a significant for HP because of Amazon's reliance on high-availability servers, which it hopes will see it through the busy Christmas period.
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