UPDATE 1-IBM gets $873 mln contract from State of Georgia

jueves 20 de noviembre de 2008 22:16 CET

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Nov 20 (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp (IBM.N: Cotización) said the State of Georgia awarded it an eight-year contract valued at $873 million for information technology outsourcing services.

The contract includes two additional one-year optional extensions, the biggest technology services company said in a statement.

As subcontractors to IBM, Dell Inc DELL.O will update and manage the state's client systems. Print services will be provided by Xerox (XRX.N: Cotización).

IBM will provide the State of Georgia with a range of data center services including disaster recovery and IBM Internet Security Systems will supply security services, the company said.

Shares of IBM closed down 6 percent at $71.74 Thursday on New York Stock Exchange. (Reporting by Purwa Naveen Raman in Bangalore; Editing by Jarshad Kakkrakandy)