Compaq Provides IT Standard For Worldspan.

Worldspan and Compaq Computer Corporation have announced a Global Enterprise Agreement that will cut in half the time required to deploy IT equipment and services to Worldspan`s more than 20,000 travel agencies in nearly 70 countries.

The three-year agreement calls for Compaq to provide a uniform, worldwide IT standard for Worldspan offices and affiliates. The full range of Compaq products and services is covered under the agreement.

The agreement sets the stage for Worldspan to purchase IT equipment through Compaq Direct with services from Compaq Global Services, reducing the time and costs associated with each transaction. The agreement also designates Compaq to provide enhanced warranty services for equipment in use in Worldspan offices and by Worldspan affiliated travel agencies worldwide.

Among the first equipment to be delivered under the contract will be industry-standard Compaq ProLiant servers that will be deployed to process travel-related inquiries from customers, host both commercial and corporate travel Websites and power many of Worldspan`s internal IT needs. ProLiant servers will also be the worldwide platform for Worldspan`s e-commerce, e-mail and file print needs and will build on Worldspan`s current use of Compaq Himalaya NonStop computers to process travel transactions.

Delivery of equipment and services under the new agreement will begin immediately.