BP aims for the clouds with $400m outsourcing deal

HP will manage BP datacentres globally as part of the mega contract

HP will manage BP datacentres globally as part of the mega contract

BP has signed a five-year outsourcing services deal with HP Enterprise Services that opens the way for the oil company to tap into the potential of cloud computing.

The deal means HP will now manage BP's datacentre services in Europe and the Americas meaning the company can standardise and consolidate its hosted services globally. Prior to the new agreement HP only provided datacentre services for BP's UK operations.

The datacentre services HP will provide include monitoring, back-up, recovery, maintenance and the management of BP's databases and middleware.

As part of the $400m deal, BP will have the option to deploy HP's enterprise public and private cloud computing technologies.

The agreement also encompasses cloud services from other providers as part of BP's overall technology architecture.

BP's outsourcing deal with HP will allow the oil company to experiment with cloud computing

BP's outsourcing deal with HP will allow the oil company to experiment with cloud computingE
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"By establishing a standardised global operating model, BP will realise immediate cost reductions, improved consistency of service and be well positioned to utilise emerging technologies," BP group VP and CIO Dana Deasy said in a statement.

The deal should also help BP better align IT with its business aims as HP will make use of the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Version 3 service management framework.