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HP Hits The Moon With NASA

As business wins go, this is big, as in billions. HP has won a seven-year contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), worth up to $5.6 billion. Under terms of the deal, HP will provide computers and peripherals, including desktops, workstations and blade PCs with Linux and Unix capabilities, servers and printers.

The contract falls under NASA's SEWP (Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement) IV, extending a long-held relationship between HP and the space agency. HP said it has already delivered more than $620 million worth of products and services to federal government agencies from 1992-2007 through the previous NASA SEWP II and SEWP III contracts.

"As the federal government looks to maximize investments, reduce costs and increase efficiencies, it needs a technology partner that delivers products and complete solutions that operate seamlessly in complex IT environments," said Jack Novia, managing director and senior vice president of HP's technology solutions group in the Americas, in a statement. "With this NASA SEWP IV contract, HP is pleased to extend our partnership with federal government agencies and help them accomplish their mission goals.

The entire federal government and its authorized prime contractors can purchase HP technology through SEWP IV. In addition, HP said the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has made NASA SEWP IV its mandatory contract for the acquisition of technology.

"That's a nice piece of change for HP," Charles King, analyst with Pund-IT, told internetnews.com. "The fact that NASA has been working with HP on this kind of arrangement since 1992 sounds like they are getting along just fine. It would have been bigger news if NASA decided to blow off HP in favor of Sun or IBM."

NASA does buy from other major IT providers in addition to HP.