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HP, PlanetGov Win IRS Project

Hewlett Packard and its partner, PlanetGov, have won a single-award blanket purchase agreement from the Internal Revenue Service, a branch of the Department of Treasury, to implement an industry-standard server and network storage solution for IT consolidation. The contract, a blanket purchase agreement with an estimated value of $50 million, will enable the IRS to simplify, integrate and remotely manage its information systems.

Under the terms of the contract, the IRS expects PlanetGov and HP to replace a percentage of the 4,400 IBM and Dell servers and roughly 30 storage area networks currently in use at the IRS during each of the next four years. HP will provide some 3,000 industry-standard HP ProLiant servers, including blade servers, 30 HP StorageWorks storage area networks and professional consulting services.

The contract is in addition to a three-year, $100 million purchase agreement HP and PlanetGov secured in 2002 to supply the IRS with Compaq Evo desktop and notebook PCs.

"This agreement extends and expands the commitment of HP and PlanetGov to assist the IRS in cutting systems administration costs by simplifying its IT infrastructure with industry-standard solutions," said Jim Weynand, vice president and general manager, Public Sector Organization, HP, in a release.