Press Release: March 02, 2009
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Aviva Signs $1 Billion Data Center Services Agreement with EDS, an HP Company

PLANO, Texas. -- EDS, an HP company, and Aviva today announced a 10-year, $1 billion (£700 million) data center services contract to reduce Aviva’s operational costs, improve information access and increase flexibility.


Under the terms of the agreement, which was signed in February 2009, EDS will transform and manage two data centers for Aviva, the world’s fifth largest insurer. The data centers, located in Norwich, England, serve Aviva’s businesses in the United Kingdom, India, France and Ireland.


“Partnering with EDS for data center services, in our view, supports Aviva’s goals to improve flexibility, increase operational efficiency and lower costs,” said Igal Mayer, UK general insurance Chief Executive Officer at Aviva. “After a thorough evaluation, we chose EDS over other global service providers because of its collaborative approach as well as its unmatched reliability, security and value.”


EDS will provide Aviva with data center modernization services as well as management for the insurance firm’s mainframe, midrange and Windows® servers. Approximately 300 Aviva employees will transfer to EDS to deliver these services.


“The data center transformation will help Aviva increase efficiency, lower risk and reduce costs,” said Bill Thomas, senior vice president for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region at EDS, an HP company. “As a trusted business ally, EDS will draw on its years of experience to help Aviva evolve its technology environment to drive better business outcomes.”


HP and Cisco will provide select tools, technologies and resources to EDS in support of Aviva.


As a leader of technology services for the financial services industry, EDS provides a wide range of outsourced and consulting services – from payments and securities processing to applications development, as well as network, customer relationship management and help desk services – to all sectors of the industry.


About Aviva

Aviva is a leading provider of life and pensions to Europe with substantial positions in other markets around the world, making it the world’s fifth largest insurance group based on gross worldwide premiums at 31 December 2007.


Aviva’s principal business activities are long-term savings, fund management and general insurance, with worldwide total sales* of £49.2 billion at 31 December 2007 and total funds under management of £359 billion at 30 June 2008.


*Based on 2007 published life and pensions PVNBP on an EEV basis, total investment sales and general insurance and health net written premiums including share of associates’ premiums.


About EDS

EDS, an HP company, is a leading global technology services provider, delivering business solutions to its clients. EDS founded the information technology outsourcing industry nearly 50 years ago. Today, EDS delivers a broad portfolio of information technology, applications and business process outsourcing services to clients in the manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, communications, energy, transportation, and consumer and retail industries, and to governments around the world.


About HP

HP, the world’s largest technology company, simplifies the technology experience for consumers and businesses with a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.


EDS and the EDS logo are registered trademarks of Hewlett-Packard Development Company, LP. Microsoft and Windows are U.S. registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.


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Editorial contacts:

Beth Bilal, EDS, an HP company: beth.bilal@hp.com

Adrian Tink, Aviva: adrian.tink@norwich-union.co.uk

About HP

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