EDS lands DaimlerChrysler outsourcing deal

DaimlerChrysler has signed a multiyear IT outsourcing agreement with Electronic Data Systems. Financial terms of the deal have...

DaimlerChrysler has signed a multiyear IT outsourcing agreement with Electronic Data Systems. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Under the pact, EDS will manage the migration of servers - which include IBM's AIX servers as well as multiple Sun Microsystems servers and Microsoft Windows NT servers - and services to a consolidated managed services environment for DaimlerChrysler's Michigan facilities. EDS will oversee management of the automaker's hardware operations and server-based software. 

EDS spokesman Terry Balluck said the deal does not affect any DaimlerChrysler employees. The consolidation work is expected to begin immediately and will be phased in during the next 18 months. 

"For us, it allows us to take advantage of their expertise to handle these operations that are not core to DaimlerChrysler as an automotive manufacturer," said Daimler spokesman Ed Saenz. 

Although Balluck said EDS will consolidate applications and information onto servers from its partners, EMC, Sun and Dell, Saenz said there is nothing inherent in the agreement that mandated a change from its existing server environment. 

However, Saenz said EDS could recommend such a change.

Linda Rosencrance writes for Computerworld

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