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Unilever Outsources Storage to HP in $675M Deal

Manufacturing giant Unilever has signed a massive $675 million, seven-year outsourcing contract with HP, underlining the growing popularity of storage outsourcing.

The deal, which covers Unilever's technology infrastructure in the Americas, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, encompasses 4,500 server and storage devices from a range of vendors, as well as disaster recovery and messaging services.

Crucially, Unilever has opted to keep its European IT infrastructure, including servers and storage, out of the outsourcing equation.

"The business case was in favor of keeping it in-house -- its a very mature part of the organization," says Debbie Bunyan, Unilever's director of communications.

The exec would not reveal specific details of Unilever's storage infrastructure, but the firm's North American operation is said to rely heavily on IBM SAN switches and ESS hardware, as well as gear from HP and EMC.

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