Under the contract, RackShack's IT data centers will be equipped with Compaq ProLiant servers running Linux, according to Compaq. The hosting provider plans to immediately deploy 1,000 ProLiant DL320 servers and buy 8,000 to 10,000 more servers over the next three years, Compaq reported.
Compaq said it will service the deal along with partner HPM Networks, a Fremont, Calif.-based solution provider specializing in desktops and network integration. The computer giant's financial services arm also plans to partner with ISV Ensim to provide its Webppliance software to RackShack over the course of the contract.
In winning the RackShack deal, Compaq said it beat out bids from rivals IBM, Dell Computer and Sun Microsystems. Compaq said its products account for nearly 24 percent of the fast-growing Linux server market.