TNT outsources IT infrastructure to HP cloud

International logistics firm TNT has outsourced its IT infrastructure to Hewlett Packard (HP) in a six-year deal that will see it move to the cloud

International logistics company TNT has outsourced its IT infrastructure to Hewlett Packard (HP) in a six-year deal that will see it move to the cloud.

HP will consolidate and virtualise TNT's IT infrastructure, with some functions moving to its Helion private cloud environment.

This is the second major outsourcing agreement for TNT this month and HP’s second major IT infrastructure deal in recent weeks.

Earlier this month, TNT signed a five-year contract with Indian IT services firm Infosys for application development services as part of a project known as Outlook, which involves growing its small and medium-sized enterprises customer base.

In February, HP signed a multi-billion-euro deal with Deutsche Bank for the German banking giant to use cloud platform HP Helion in its wholesale banking arm.

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Kate Hanaghan, research director, infrastructure services at analyst firm TechMarketView, said the migration of corporate IT into the cloud will happen over a period of many years. “However, for organisations that need to rapidly adjust the cost and their use of large datacentre estates, cloud is playing an important role in the more immediate term.”

Hanaghan added that many large enterprises move to the private cloud initially.

“The medium to long-term aspiration for most organisations will be a hybrid-computing environment that uses a blend of cloud [public and private] and on-premise technologies,” she said.

IBM has been a big winner in recent months. In the space of a few weeks at the end of last year, it announced $3.6bn worth of IT infrastructure outsourcing deals.

Last month, the company was ranked by Forrester as the world's number one infrastructure outsourcing supplier. 

Businesses are transforming their IT infrastructures as they move to digital technologies within the company and for customer-facing functions.

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