Hewlett-Packard has won a 10-year, $290m (£161.5m) contract to develop an Enterprise Data Centre (EDC) programme for the US Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).
"We looked at our operations, and we found there were areas we could make improvements in. We were not always optimising and modernising the infrastructure across the enterprise," said Mark Philip, programme manager for EDC.
The EDC will create a single, organisation-wide IT infrastructure for the DLA that will allow the agency to save money, create a more modern and efficient operation and better serve customers, Philip said.
The DLA provides supply, support and technical and logistics services to the US military and several federal civilian agencies.
The EDC programme will consolidate about 2,300 servers down to 400, Philip said. Most applications and storage will also be consolidated by the EDC migration, which will be rolled out gradually to avoid disruptions in service.
The move is expected to allow for more effective implementation of the DLA's information assurance programmes and will expand its disaster recovery and continuity-of-operations programmes, he said.
The first phase of the work is expected to be up and running in seven months, with the work fully completed by August 2006.
Linda Rosencrance writes for Computerworld