HP Lands $400 Million Cloud Services Deal with Centrica, U.K.-based Utilities Company

Vendor secures seven-year outsourcing contract to move Centrica to a private cloud environment. Deal adds to HP’s $2.15 billion enterprise services haul of the past few months.

Hewlett Packard Co.’s enterprise services unit said that it has landed a $400 million, seven-year IT outsourcing contract with Centrica plc to move the U.K.-headquartered energy company to a utility services-based private cloud environment.

In the past three months, HP has secured a handful of sizeable IT outsourcing contracts with European notables such as BP International Ltd., E.ON IT GmbH and others, valued at some $2.15 billion.

Under terms of the contract, Centrica will use HP’s Utility Services platform--predefined, prebuilt, energy-efficient, standardized infrastructures delivered as a service--to alter its IT model to a private cloud computing environment.

Centrica said that access to HP’s technology, enterprise cloud services and the right computing capacity to meet its needs with minimum cost and environmental impact was central to the deal.

“Centrica is striving to improve our ability to respond to market changes to supply gas and electricity to homes and businesses more efficiently,” said Dave Bickerton, Centrica group chief information officer.

“We value HP’s utility computing capabilities and quality solutions that are flexible, cost-effective and help reduce our carbon footprint,” he said.

HP will host Centrica’s network at two of its U.K.-based data centers, including one in Wynyard noted for its eco-friendliness, the company said. The company also will use HP’s project and applications services to support the migration, officials said.

Centrica will be afforded remote data center support from HP facilities in India, Malaysia and the Philippines.

“The combination of HP’s technology and services, such as cloud computing, helps us create the innovative, integrated, end-to-end solutions customers like Centrica need to more effectively and efficiently achieve market, cost and environmental objectives,” said Mike Nefkens, HP EMEA Enterprise Services senior vice president and general manager.

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