EDS and GM have announced a four-year agreement for EDS to provide a high-performance, high-security Web hosting environment for GM's quickly expanding business-to-business (B-to-B) and business-to-employee (B-to-E) initiatives worldwide. GM is converting its supply chain entirely to Web-based e-business. The company has more than 30,000 suppliers worldwide. Web technology also is flourishing internally at GM, which operates a highly developed intranet for its more than 388,000 employees around the world.

"GM is driving an e-business revolution throughout its organization, and we're proud to participate in building the critical foundation for it," said EDS Vice President Doug Hoover.

"For GM's Web applications, we've made the commitment to provide a secure Web hosting environment with high availability," added Hoover. "We're committed to being the premier e-solutions provider and program leader on GM's team."

Dan McNicholl, chief information officer for GM North America, said the new agreement will enable GM to gain efficiency by centralizing and standardizing critical Web hosting activities.

"We're establishing ourselves as the global leader in e-business in the auto industry," said McNicholl. "We are applying the power of technological innovations and the Internet to redefine the way we do business. EDS will play an important role in making it happen."

EDS also will provide a self-service portal to allow GM employees and application developers to more easily implement and manage Web hosting for hundreds of sites within GM.

Web hosting will initially be provided from EDS' Web Vault(R) locations in Plano, Texas, and Auburn Hills, Mich. By using the two locations, EDS is able to provide a high level of disaster preparedness, pre-production validation and security.