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HCL looks to the cloud for Anglo American IT infrastructure extension

HCL Technologies (HCL) has extended its partnership with Anglo American, agreeing a five-year infrastructure services deal that will see the diversified miner use more cloud-based solutions.

The multi-year deal is aimed at reducing Anglo’s global data centre footprint through the continued consolidation of its on-premises infrastructure and partial migration to an Infrastructure-as-a-Service operating model. HCL will also continue to provide regional and local service desk support and end-user computing services, it said.

HCL was enlisted as Anglo American’s IT services partner in 2013 and has served in the same role for De Beers since 2014. Through the renewed deal, HCL will further improve quality and consistency by standardising and centralising IT infrastructure services across both organisations, HCL said.

Sandeep Saxena, Senior Vice President of HCL Technologies, said: “Rather than standing still, our engagement with Anglo American has expanded into other areas where we can drive further value for its business through our more strategic Mode 2 offerings, such as Cloud Native Services.

“Our global delivery model also has a particularly important role to play, adding significant value through a mix of onsite and offshore technical skills that set Anglo American on course for future success.”

HCL provides IT infrastructure services and has the competency to execute large-scale, complex IT infrastructure transformation projects, the company said. Its Mode 1-2-3 growth strategy encompasses next–generation IT infrastructure services, leveraging automation, artificial intelligence, analytics and cloud to build service-oriented, future-ready IT infrastructure.

Anglo American runs mining operations across Southern Africa, North and South America and Australia and has a global workforce of 69,000 people.