Feeds

US Defense Department pays $440m for HP's 'special services'

Spies like us

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Nothing says, "We're reading your every word and listening to your every phone call" better than a $440m deal between HP and the US Department of Defense.

In desperate need of some good news, HP fed reporters a statement today detailing two data center wins with the US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). One deal for HP-UX systems could reach $250m, while another for Windows and Linux boxes could hit $190m over eight years, if HP meets certain requirements. Should HP score the whole payout, it will have won its largest "utility computing" deal in company history.

Along with selling hardware and software, HP will service the DISA pie.

HP told us that DISA made its data center choice using a "best value" formula. But really how could the likes of IBM, Dell and Sun Microsystems compete? As far as we know, they have neither the moral flexibility nor the internal talent capable of giving the Defense Department what it really wants.

Kidding aside, we're sure that HP and DISA aren't working on some super snoop system that combines HP's pretexting skills know-how with the Feds' penchant for warrant-less Big Brothering.

DISA serves up "real-time information technology and communications support" to Bushie, Dick and the military. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.