BP inks £260m datacentre deal

BP, which has been reorganising its business since the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, has inked a large global data centre management deal with HP.

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BP, which has been reorganising its business since the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, has inked a large global data centre management deal with HP.

Under the $400 million (£259 million), five-year deal, the oil giant will move to cloud computing and automate more processes.

BP will also standardise its server infrastructure as part of the work. It already works with HP for its UK data centres.

BP faces a £13.5 billion lawsuit from the US government over the oil spill, and has also committed to creating a $20 billion (£12.9 billion) fund for people and businesses affected. It is rapidly sciphoning off parts of its business, and changing processes, to meet the financial demands.

The company has rationalised its IT supplier base, analysts at TechMarketView noted. It now works with IBM, Accenture, TCS, Wipro and Infosys for applications development, and buys hardware from Computacenter.

The new deal with HP also covers data centre monitoring, backup and recovery services, as well as maintenance and site management. Data centre support services will be sourced from HP in India.

Dana Deasy, chief information officer at BP, said: “By establishing a standardised global operating model, BP will realise immediate cost reductions, improved consistency of service and be well positioned to utilise emerging technologies.”

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