HP Enterprise Services says the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a three year contract for support, solutions and maintenance in a deal worth $21m (not sure why this number is in dollars either; we translate that as £13.5m).
"HP will help us meet our commitments to government efficiency while minimising complexity," claimed Paul Beavin, Head of ICT Procurement team MoD.
"For the first time, the British Armed Forces - the Royal Navy, the British Army and the Royal Air Force - can rely on a consistent and
You may not be that surprised, but it seems if there’s one area firmly resistant to the lure of Open Source - it’s storage.
This according to a survey, based on FoI requests, by a supplier in the area, Nexenta Systems, of 44 local and central government bodies’ storage “buying habits”.
Respondents confirmed that they prefer to source the big brands like IBM, NetApp, HP, HDS, and EMC – not their Open Source competitors.
Indeed, just one local council admits to us
The UK’s largest health charity, Nuffield Health, is making a big move to the Cloud to save ICT costs, according to a third sector news site.
Nuffield told the site it will make the move its new platform, predicted to be more flexible and resilient than its current system,
The on-going contraction in the IT hardware market’s just been made plain by market watchers IDC – which has reported Europe bought just under 12% fewer servers in the first three months of the year than it did a year before.
Though that number is still big - $3.1bn – the first quarter’s drop comes hard on the heels of another decline in the last three months of 2011, it warns.
Quarter-on-quarter performance was even weaker than the annual one, with double-digit declines in both the value and the volume

Five vendors dominate the IT operations management (ITOM) software market and account for 53.5 percent of its global revenues which totaled $18.3 billion in 2011, an increase of 8.7 percent from 2010.

According to Gartner, the top five are IBM, CA Technologies, BMC, Microsoft and HP. 

Of the Famous Five, Gartner comments:

Unions says they have called for urgent talks with supplier HP to try and "safeguard" up to 1,600 jobs under threat at its UK operations.
It's reacting to teh onfirmation this morning that the US headquartered firm plans to cut 8%/27,000 jobs across the globe by the end of 2014.
Unite believes that the figure will be applied to the UK cohort, 20,000 are under threat – and Unite will be working with frat
Supplier HP, a major provider of ICT to the public sector, is to shed 27,000 jobs as part of an 8% shrinkage of its global workforce over the next two years.
As part of the restructuring Mike Lynch, head of one-time UK computer success story Autonomy, is to leave the organisation.
HP is presenting the downsizing – which it says will cut its overheads by over $3bn – as a productivity initiative designed to simplify business processes and that it will reinvest all money back into its business.
The PCS union, which includes a number of public sector ICT professionals working on outsourced contracts with suppliers, has written to supplier HP "demanding immediate discussions" in light of press reports it plans to shed as many as 30,000 positions globally.
It says it wants to determine "what impact this will have on our members who work for HP in the UK".
These "latest cuts," it warns, come after thousands of redundancies have already been made by HP in recent years - "leading to questions ab
The global IT outsourcing market is outperforming the rest of the technology market, growing a very healthy 7.8% from 2010-11 recession notwithstanding. Thus the conclusion of analyst group Gartner, whose analysis says the market hit a hefty $247bn last year.
But it also says that pressure’s mounting on the giant firms that traditionally dominate the market. Forty-three providers in the survey booked 2011 revenues of $1bn or more; this group of providers collectively grew by 9.5 per cent during 2011.

Supplier HP recently made it on to one of the big new Government Procurement Service’s big new print frameworks. We spoke with Dave Lanning at the firm to try and unpick all this.