HP has announced it has signed a whopping $150m five-year contract with shipping giant Maersk Line to provide the firm with a private cloud computing environment and move its entire workforce to Windows 7 devices.
The deal is a welcome fillip for the firm after it posted disastrous results for the last quarter of 2011 and will see HP provide the firm with its own cloud-enabled datacentres to access core applications and services securely from any location.
HP's account manager for Maersk, Soeren Lorenzen, told V3 that the deal would enable the firm to let HP manage all its hardware and software requirements as a complete system on its network.
"We will consolidate the firm's existing datacentre systems and applications into our global network of datacentres and manage all the devices in use by staff including software updates and patch management," he said.
"Maersk wanted us to provide a standard system that we already offer to other enterprise clients and so we are able to offer a combination of our software, hardware and management services as a complete service."
Lorenzen also explained that as part of the deal the firm is providing its Workplace Services offering to manage and maintain all desktops and laptops and will provide every member of Maersk's 38,000 staff with a new device running on Windows 7.
HP already works with the owners of the Maersk Line division, AP Moller, and the extension of the deal to include Maersk underlines the firm still has the ability to secure huge contracts, despite its rocky year.
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