HP to buy Comdisco US
Hewlett-Packard has agreed to acquire the services unit of bankrupt IT services and equipment leasing firm Comdisco for $US610 million in cash.
Comdisco and 50 of its US subsidiaries have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, but its Australian operations will attempt to continue on its own.
HP plans to integrate the Comdisco unit into the HP Operations segment of its HP Services division. The company will support services for non-HP hardware, and customers will be able to continue working with Comdisco account managers and staff, HP assured customers in a memo posted on HP's Web site.
Sun, EDS to co-market products, servicesSun Microsystems and EDS (Electronic Data Systems) announced a global co-marketing agreement last week that they estimate will generate $US3 billion in sales over the next five years. As part of the "Sun-EDS Continuum of Services" program, Sun will provide hardware, software and architecture while EDS supplies systems implementation, integration, consulting and outsourcing. Financial terms for the deal are confidential, however EDS confirmed the arrangement is not exclusive. The joint initiative will be focused at large corporate customers and provides direct competition to IBM and its Global Services division. The Australian branch of EDS is currently reviewing the alliance. It is uncertain at this stage what local impact the relationship will have.
Compaq offers on demand' computing servicesUS-based Compaq Computer has announced yet another change in its sales strategy, pushing services to large corporate customers in a move to emphasise that it does more than make hardware. Compaq will tie installation and technical support services to its hardware sales of PCs, servers, storage and handheld devices. Calling the initiative "Computing on Demand". Customers can reserve PC, server and storage capacity which Compaq releases to them as required.