Barclays is preparing for a major refresh of its desktop infrastructure, involving over 40,000 new Dell desktops and notebooks.
Dell is supplying 41,700 OptiPlex GX270 desktop computers and Latitude D400 and D600 notebooks to Barclays' IT service provider EDS.
Installation at the various companies which make up the Barclays group will start later this year and be finished by 2005. A second large order will be fulfilled over the next four years.
Bill Thomas, EMEA president at EDS, said in a statement: "Coupling EDS' desktop management expertise and our latest automated software deployment tools with Dell's best-in-class high-productivity desktop hardware, enables us to lower Barclays' operating costs, increase efficiencies and improve the productivity of its workplace environment, whilst allowing it to focus on its core business."
EDS has a seven-year contract to run Barclays' IT systems, and Dell will be providing initial support during the installation process.
Dell vice president and UK general manager Bill Rodrigues said in a statement: "Working with EDS on this large-scale project demonstrates both companies' commitment to providing customers such as Barclays with a first-class, fully managed desktop service setting a precedent for future deals of this nature."
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