Dell wins Sydney Water battle

Dell wins Sydney Water battle

Summary: Dell has beat rival offers from Hewlett-Packard, IBM and ADNet Technology to win a large chunk of Sydney Water's IT spend for at least the next three years.Sydney Water provides drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services to four million Sydney, Blue Mountains and Illawarra residents.

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Dell has beat rival offers from Hewlett-Packard, IBM and ADNet Technology to win a large chunk of Sydney Water's IT spend for at least the next three years.

Sydney Water provides drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services to four million Sydney, Blue Mountains and Illawarra residents. The organisation has over 3,500 staff.

In early July Sydney Water called for a single IT supplier to provide products and services to cover its extensive leased IT fleet, which at that time included at least 4,000 PCs and notebooks, 512 printers and 284 servers.

The assets had previously been owned by Macquarie Bank and provided under lease arrangements designed to minimise risk, with Dell's managed services division providing services to the fleet.

However, those two contracts have now been collapsed into one deal with Dell, believed to take effect from January 2007. A spokesperson for Sydney Water confirmed Dell's win via telephone to ZDNet Australia this morning.

The new deal will see Dell take control of both the leased IT environment and financial arrangements. A spokesperson for Dell could not immediately comment on the deal. The vendor was expected to ink its new contract with Sydney Water late last week.

Sydney Water's leased fleet consists of Dell PCs, notebooks and servers, a small amount of Panasonic "semi-rugged" notebooks, Lexmark printers and multi-function devices and a few high-end Xerox multi-function devices.

Sydney Water does own some of its own IT assets -- its high-end infrastructure, mainframe and Unix equipment and storage devices.

Sydney Water's request for tender issued in July said the new contract would be for three years, with two two-year optional extensions.

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