Hewlett-Packard said Wednesday that it has inked a seven-year outsourcing pact with Unilever valued at $675 million.
Under the pact (statement), HP will manage Unilever's technology infrastructure in the Americas, Asia, Africa, Turkey and the Middle East. HP will also manage Unilever partners such as SAP, Microsoft and BT and other third party contracts.
Unilever's infrastructure includes data centers, messaging and directory services, Internet hosting and thousands of servers. Unilever will transfer 250 employees to HP as part of the arrangement.
HP's deal with Unilever is reminiscent of its partnership with Procter & Gamble (case studies), which was inked in 2003. HP appears to be gaining a foothold among consumer goods companies.