Hewlett-Packard's push into the mid-range outsourcing space has received a shot in the arm courtesy of a three-year, multimillion dollar deal at Email Metals, ARN has learnt.
The contract - signed last month - will see HP manage the WAN and Unix systems supporting approximately 1000 users across Email Metals' Australia and New Zealand operations.
Email Metals comprises seven steel and pipeline supply companies, and is a subsidiary of Australian metal manufacturer Email Limited.
The Email Metals contract involves HP taking responsibility for a 60-site WAN across the seven companies and providing facility management services for Email's Unix-based host systems at HP's Nunawading, Victoria data centre.
HP has also been engaged to manage a major SAP implementation for Martin Brite Steels, one of the Email Metals companies.
Hunter claims HP was one of three vendors evaluated by Email Metals as part of "an informal tender" in January.
Hunter said HP will not be utilising any of its business partners for the project, and as Email Metals had already "wound down its IT operations", there has not been an exchange of staff.