HP Lands $500 Million Services Deal with Australian Taxation Office

Hewlett-Packard Co.'s enterprise services unit said last week that it has landed a five-year, $500 million deal with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), a revenue collection arm, to deliver upgraded data center services.

The ATO, headquartered in Canberra, employs some 20,000 people and maintains regional and branch offices throughout Australia. Under terms of the contract, HP will modernize the ATO's data center to make it more flexible, agile and upgrade its compute power.

The vendor has provided the ATO with technology and services for about 12 years. The new contract extends its reach to data center upgrades.

"Government agencies around the world are facing smaller budgets while trying to enhance value to taxpayers," said Robb Rasmussen, HP Enterprise Services vice president, Best Shore Services, Asia Pacific. "HP will help ATO meet its future business requirements through controlled and efficient management of its technology infrastructure."

The vendor said that it will enhance the ATO's data center automation with its software such as its Network Node Manager, Operations Manager, Server and Network Automation, and use Storage Essentials for performance management and Business Availability Center to improve applications availability and performance.

In addition, HP said that it will provision, manage and support the ATO's technology infrastructure, including mainframe, server and storage management services.

The vendor said that it plans to replace the ATO's current lineup of midrange servers with virtualized Intel and Unix-based hardware and its storage with HP's StorageWorks P9500 storage arrays.

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