Swiss investment banking group UBS has signed a four year contract, reportedly worth around $50 million, with Dell for the supply and ongoing maintenance of over 30,000 customised desktop and notebooks.
Under the deal, Dell will install its OptiPlex desktops and Latitude notebook computers in UBS's global branches. All the systems will be manufactured by Dell to the banks' specifications and delivered with UBS's customised software image.
Dell will also provide UBS with a range of managed services, including installation, advanced service desk and hardware support. The company will also provide migration services for the systems to Microsoft's XP operating system.
Commenting on the deal, Scott Abbey, CTO, UBS, says: "By standardising the PC infrastructure worldwide we can achieve a substantial cost reduction in this area."
Gary Cotshott VP of Dell Americas Services, says through the company's focused services portfolio, Dell can cost effectively install and manage the lifecycle of computers for UBS.
Dell says the delivery of the new systems began in June 2005 and is planned for completion within the next few months.