Wipro has signed an agreement with Citibank to take over the management of its datacentre in Germany, establishing the Indian IT service provider's first datacentre resource in Europe.
The deal will see Citi lease back the datacentre from Wipro for at least 30 months and share it with Wipro's other clients as part of the company's outsourcing expansion plans.
During this period Wipro will manage the bank's facilities and physical infrastructure.
Sameer Kishore, president of Wipro's datacentre outsourcing practice, said, "The addition of a datacentre in Europe represents an important milestone in [our] growth strategy. The Meerbusch facility will enable Wipro to extend its capabilities to the European market and strengthen the company's ability to compete for global outsourcing opportunities."
Wipro expects the datacentre to support the delivery of its mainframe, Windows, Unix, Linux and AS/400 outsourcing services. In addition, the company plans to extend its cloud platform to the German site.
Ralf Reich, manager at Wipro, said: "[Our] datacentre capabilities have become a key component when competing for large outsourcing engagements."
The site has been owned and operated by Citi for more than 20 years.
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Wipro could use this as a platform to spread its services across Europe.