Information technology firm HCL Technologies on Monday said it has entered into a $100-million six-year transformation agreement with US-based document management company Xerox Corporation.
The multi-regional data centre and transformation engagement with Xerox was worth $100 million, a company official said. Under the engagement, HCL would centralise and standardise Xerox's data centres' infrastructure. It would manage Xerox's data centre hosting and migration, vitalisation, consolidation and storage architecture services across North America and Europe, the firm said.
The contract would span mid-range services, business continuity and disaster recovery for Xerox's information management operations, it added. In addition, HCL would provide architecture and consulting services for new technology and system design, adoption and life-cycle improvement. The Indian IT firm will also centralise and standardise the data centre infrastructure for Xerox.
"Data centre environments are the heart of our business operations and we look to partner with companies that can manage our centres and take them to the next level," Xerox chief information officer John McDermott said.
HCL Technologies Infrastructure Services Division's North America senior vice president R Srikrishna said: "This engagement is a significant milestone for HCL and further enhances our credibility for managing complex, multi-regional data centres."
The deal with Xerox is one of the largest data centre services engagement ever entrusted to an Indian service provider, HCL said. Last year, the two companies had announced a strategic global alliance under which HCL became the systems integrator for Xerox's managed print services offering for enterprises.
HCL has clinched a number of outsourcing deals in the last few weeks, the biggest being a $350-million total IT services outsourcing deal with Readers' Digest Association (RDA) last month. The Indian IT firm will provide applications development and maintenance services and infrastructure support to the New York- headquartered media firm.
HCL also bagged a $170-million contract from Microsoft for providing technology services for its online services business. It has also signed outsourcing contracts in the domestic market. Last month, it won a seven-year, Rs393-crore IT services deal from general insurer National Insurance Company that covers application blueprinting, systems integration and IT infrastructure management.
Remote infrastructure management (RIM) is one of the four focus areas identified by HCL for growth. Of the global RIM market estimated to be worth $524 billion, about $100 billion is considered offshorable and India's share is minuscule less than $1 billion.