Telstra and IBM in multi-million server deal

Telstra expects significant savings from a four-year $A109.5 million ($US55.8 million) deal with IBM for the sale and leaseback of computer servers.

          Telstra expects significant savings from a four-year $A109.5 million ($US55.8 million) deal with IBM for the sale and leaseback of computer servers.

          The Australian national carrier says the deal covers 6500 file and print and mid-range application servers, but does not include any help-desk or maintenance facilities.

          Telstra Director of Finance, John Stanhope says, "This deal will deliver smarter asset management and cost centre tracking by our line management and more flexibility to upgrade technology as the business requires."

          Stanhope says the deal builds on the benefits delivered from the $A96 million sale and leaseback of Telstra's personal computer fleet in 1998.

          The assets purchased in the new deal with IBM Global Financing vary in age, with some on a minimal lease term of 12 months.

          The telco says the agreement would also cover leasing on all future non-communications file and print and mid-range server requirements.

          The technology involved includes installed Wintel (Windows/Intel) technology, NT-based file and print servers, and Intel and Unix based application servers from sites across Australia.

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