Citi has signed a deal with Wipro to hand over the ownership, operations and management of its data centre in Dusseldorf, Germany, to the Indian outsourcing giant.
Under the deal, Citi will lease back office and data centre space from Wipro for at least 30 months, and receive facilities and physical infrastructure management services.
Over this period the bank will migrate its computing infrastructure out of the centre it has owned and operated for over 20 years.
This will enable Wipro to move in other outsourcing clients to the 9000 square meter centre in the Dusseldorf suburb of Meerbusch, the company's first in Europe.
Wipro says the centre will enable it to provide a full portfolio of infrastructure management offerings to its global clients, supporting the delivery of its mainframe, Windows, Unix, Linux and AS/400 outsourcing services.
In addition, the company plans to extend its Dynamically Adaptive Infrastructure cloud platform to the German data centre. Wipro says this will enable it to deliver comprehensive outsourcing in Europe that can be managed remotely, delivered in the centre or installed on the cloud infrastructure.
Sameer Kishore, president, Wipro Infocrossing, says: "The Meerbusch facility will enable Wipro to extend its capabilities to the European market and strengthen the Company's ability to compete for global outsourcing opportunities."