HP lands major deal with European Commission to build its cloud

13 Mar 2013

Technology giant HP has won a major contract with the European Commission to supply HP Integrity servers to support critical workloads, including database-intensive applications and other critical environments, across multiple EU countries.

Under the terms of the framework agreement, participating European Union (EU) institutions, agencies and bodies will now be able to acquire new HP Integrity servers based on the Intel Itanium processor running HP-UX 11i v3.

One of the steps of the technical evaluation required benchmark tests to be carried out at HP’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region (EMEA) Performance Centre in Böblingen, Germany. According to the awarding criteria published in the tendering specifications, HP’s offer represented the best quality-to-price ratio.

“Fuelled by trends in cloud computing, big data and mobility, mission-critical demands are evolving and increasing,” said Ric Lewis, vice-president and interim general manager, Business Critical Systems, HP.

“HP Integrity servers with the HP-UX operating environment will allow the contracting authorities to continue to confidently deploy mission-critical solutions with high levels of reliability, performance and efficiency,” Lewis added.

HP Integrity servers are now available for deployment at EC and European Parliament sites in Brussels and Luxembourg, as well as Joint Research Centre sites in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain. Other institutions located in various EU member states also will be able to take advantage of these new mission-critical systems.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years