IBM partners with ABB for IS infrastructure deal


29 Jan 2010

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Technology giant IBM has partnered with power and automation technology group ABB in a deal that will optimise ABB’s Information Systems (IS) infrastructure across 17 countries in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.

IBM will be providing server and network management plus end user and help desk services for most of ABB’s IS infrastructure operations.

This infrastructure move for ABB is designed to take advantage of cloud computing as well as reduce costs and increase scalability.

"With the new agreement, ABB will realise considerable savings, while harmonising and optimising IS infrastructure," said Haider Rashid, ABB’s global chief information officer.

"Our partnership with IBM allows us to implement new technologies and processes to build for continued globalisation of our business. At the same time, we will be improving energy efficiency."

IBM’s senior vice-president and general manager for Global Technology Services, Mike Daniels, said the company’s green technologies are helping businesses optimise energy consumption not only in their data centres but across all of their operations.

By Marie Boran

Photo: One of IBM’s green data centre’s in the US