Daimler has signed a major infrastructure services deal with HP that will support key systems at the luxury car maker.

The deal aims to cut costs and will support Daimler's data centres and help manage the firm's financial services, sales and dealer organisations in Germany.

The company is consolidating and standardising its global IT system with the goal of reducing the number of existing systems. As part of this effort, HP's Data Centre Services and Workplace Services were chosen to support streamlining IT in financial services, sales and dealer systems.

As part of the deal HP will manage data centre operations and workplace systems, but will first "consolidate several data centres into one, reducing the number of physical servers through virtualisation", said Daimler. The value of the deal has not been disclosed.

A new Brussels-based association for CIOs of large international companies was recently launched, with Daimler's CIO Michael Gorritz heading it.