EDS has renewed an agreement for services from IT automation and utility software company Opsware, signing an additional $50m (£27.8m) three-year deal that will run through 2008.
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The companies had already signed a three-year, $52m deal to 2005, but EDS chose to renew the arrangement with a year remaining on the contract. The new contract also has five option years that could extend its worth to $145m.
"Opsware software has proven to be a best-in-class solution, helping EDS to deliver on the promise of automation and the requirement for a flexible, scalable, agile, cost-efficient infrastructure, all of which are key ingredients in a global utility computing service," said Larry Lozon, vice-president of EDS Hosting Services.
"Together, EDS and Opsware have improved the quality and efficiency of hosting services by automating the entire environment of managed enterprise software, and the IT infrastructure upon which applications and websites run."
EDS is using Opsware automation in datacentres across North America and Europe.
Datacentre automation is a key component of EDS's Agile Enterprise platform, which automates operations such as server provisioning, system configuration, patching, disaster recovery and configuration management.
"The fact that EDS has renewed its commitment to Opsware demonstrates the importance of IT automation and the value it has already realised with Opsware software," said Ben Horowitz, president and chief executive of Opsware.
Todd R Weiss writes for Computerworld