in brief The Federal Department of Health and Ageing (DOHA) has confirmed a $109 million, four-year renewal of an existing relationship with IBM.
The deal will see IBM continue to provide a range of services to the department, including mainframe, mid-range, storage, help desk and end user computing services. In addition, Big Blue will now also provide new security compliance solutions and will conduct mainframe and storage upgrades.
Perhaps the most interesting part of the new agreement will be the included roll-out of a desktop virtualisation platform to all of DOHA's 4500-odd staff.
"Commencing in the first half of 2011, IBM will deploy a virtualised thin client desktop solution across the entire department, enabling the movement of staff and workloads at a moment's notice, whilst lowering technology support costs and increasing network performance," IBM's statement said.