EDS, Aviva Sign $1bn Data Center Services Pact

by CXOtoday Staff    Mar 03, 2009

EDS, an HP company, and Aviva announced a 10-year, $1 billion (" 700 million) data center services contract to reduce Aviva s operational costs, improve information access and increase flexibility.

Under the terms of the agreement, EDS will transform and manage two data centers for Aviva, the world s fifth largest insurer. The data centers, located in Norwich, England, serve Aviva s businesses in India, the United Kingdom, France and Ireland.

Igal Mayer, UK general insurance chief executive officer at Aviva, said, the company chose EDS over other global service providers because of its collaborative approach as well as its reliability, security and value.

EDS will provide Aviva with data center modernization services as well as management for the insurance firm s mainframe, midrange and Windows servers. Approximately 300 Aviva employees will transfer to EDS to deliver these services.

The data center transformation will help Aviva increase efficiency, lower risk and reduce costs, said Bill Thomas, senior vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa region at EDS, an HP company. As a trusted business ally, EDS will help Aviva evolve its technology environment to drive better business outcomes.

HP and Cisco will provide select tools, technologies and resources to EDS in support of Aviva.


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