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ABB Selects IBM as Hosting Provider for Information System


MOSCOW .- IBM (NYSE: IBM ) and leading power equipment manufacturer, ABB, have signed a three-year contract for hosting services for ABB’s SAP information system in Russia.

ABB chose to partner with IBM to meet its 24/7 system availability requirements. As part of the hosting agreement, IBM will provide the hardware and software to keep ABB’s SAP information system in Russia up and running, design and deploy the SAP system landscape and help ensure day-to-day system operation and back-up. The solution will be based on high-performance IBM System x servers and IBM System Storage DS4700 and TS3200 tape library.

“An increasing number of companies like ABB are turning to IBM to manage their IT functions as the result of increasingly complex IT systems and the need for high-quality services that meet regulatory requirements. The contract with IBM will help ABB to optimize IT costs, and concentrate on its core business, while scaling up to meet future business requirements,” explains Anton Myakishev, Manager of Business Continuity and Hosting, IBM Russia.

“ABB’s substantial growth in Russia has resulted in a gradual transformation of its business model. ABB’s business today calls for 24/7 support. By outsourcing our SAP infrastructure and maintenance to a highly qualified partner such as IBM, we will increase the availability and reliability of the system, while also reducing costs compared to in-house support. In addition, our in-house IT experts will now be available to focus on other areas that require a more profound understanding of the company’s business,” comments Vladimir Shevchenko, CIO, ABB.

The IBM contract was signed in October 2008.


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