HP has announced that it has bagged a major contract from the US Army.
The firm will provide the Department of Defense and other federal agencies with enterprise level cloud computing services, scooping up a cool $249 million to do so. The contract will allow the army to consolidate its existing data centres.
HP is providing cloud services for two different purposes, the first being private cloud capacity for government and commercial buildings. The second will involve HP PODs (Performance-Optimized Data Centres) which can be quickly deployed into tactical situations to provide rapid and/or temporary cloud computing.
Marilyn Crouther, senior vice president and general manager, U.S. Public Sector, HP Enterprise Services, commented: "A highly flexible and innovative contract, along with reliability and scalability for long-term needs, is important for the Army and our federal clients. As a leader in data center outsourcing with extensive experience with the Army and Department of Defense, HP is uniquely qualified to partner with the Army in achieving its IT objectives in both fixed and deployed environments."
Under the terms of the contract, HP will work with a number of partners including Alabama A&M University and ten unspecified small businesses.
The contract runs for a one year base period, plus four one year options.