Dell, IBM sign $US6 billion services pact

Dell Computer and IBM yesterday announced a services agreement with an estimated value of up to $US6 billion over the next seven years.

Under the terms of the agreement, IBM's Global Services unit beginning early next year will provide computer-related services to Dell customers, the companies said in a statement. Further financial information about the deal was not disclosed.

Initially, Dell in the US will offer its corporate, government and education customers a range of installation and onsite warranty services that will be provided by IBM Global Services. Dell plans to expand the services later next year, offering it to other international markets. The agreement covers Dell's desktop and notebook PCs, as well as workstations, network servers and data-storage products, the companies said. The deal formalises and expands the existing services relationship between the two companies, and also builds on the $16 billion strategic technology agreement announced by IBM and Dell earlier this year, the companies said.

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