Tuesday, January 11, 2005

SBC and HP Announce Strategic Alliance

SBC Communications and HP announced a strategic alliance to develop, deliver and market a portfolio of highly adaptable packaged services that integrate telecom and IT to provide end-to-end managed solutions for enterprise businesses.

For enterprise customers, the alliance aims to provide enterprises with the ability to consolidate ongoing management of the most common IT infrastructure needs: voice and data networks; equipment such as servers, PCs and printers; and desktop software. The integrated solutions are designed to help companies increase productivity and minimize total cost of ownership, particularly when facing key challenges such as implementing new convergence solutions or integrating branch office operations into corporate networks.

Specifically, the companies plan to jointly market a portfolio of managed solutions that utilizes HP's expertise in IT and carrier-grade technologies with SBC's network. The solutions will address IT and telecom convergence technologies, mobile data services, WANs, network and infrastructure security, business continuity and availability services, and branch office operations and integration.

Both companies plan to begin jointly marketing each company's services in the first quarter of 2005, and currently plan to develop additional joint offerings, including services designed for smaller businesses, later in the year.


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