Nestlé opts for IBM
Global food and beverage company Nestlé has signed a $US500 million, five-year IT deal with IBM for server hardware, software and services for operations in some 84 countries. Nestlé plans to streamline and replace more than 100 of its IT sites around the world with five new centralised data centres which will be equipped by IBM. The loser in the deal appears to be HP, which previously provided hardware, software and support to Nestlé. Under the contract, IBM will provide several servers, storage area networks, DB2 software and Tivoli Systems software for the Nestlé data centres. Three regional data centres will be located in Sydney, Phoenix and Frankfurt.
Logica wins again
Logica has reinforced its foothold in the Australian market by securing two new IT outsourcing contracts, with Eraring Energy and Pacific Power, both NSW Government-owned organisations. The latest wins cap off a highly successful six months for the Melbourne-based systems integrator, which recently secured long-term outsourcing contracts with some of Australia's largest energy and utilities companies, including TXU, Woodside, Transend and Yarra Valley Water. Under the new deals, Logica will provide end-to-end support for the two companies' IT environments.
IBM leads hosting market
IBM Global Services' Web-hosting business expanded dramatically in 2001, giving Big Blue a large lead in the Web-hosting market, according to a new IDC report. The report said IBM's hosting revenues grew nearly 45 per cent, to push IBM in front of former high-flyer Exodus Communications. Exodus struggled under its heavy debt load and a string of executive changes, and was acquired by Cable & Wireless earlier this year. C&W ranked 16th in the IDC study, but analysts have said its acquisition of a majority of Exodus's assets will push it into the forefront of the hosting industry.