Syngenta, the pesticide and genetically-modified seed firm, has signed a new seven-year infrastructure services deal with HP, which includes a private cloud computing initiative.

The move is part of an IT outsourcing initiative, under which the company has a shared services and process standardisation deal, covering its 90 countries of operation, with Infosys.

As part of the HP deal Syngenta, which already had a previous outsourcing agreement with the supplier, will move parts of its technology infrastructure to a private cloud computing environment using the vendor's cloud computing systems and data centres.

Syngenta said the arrangement will enable it to secure processing capacity and real-time data access, "allowing it to adjust quickly to changing business conditions at a predictable cost".

The new cloud model will allow Syngenta to operate a research and development testing environment in the cloud. It will provide an environment where Syngenta only pays for the compute capacity it consumes, said the firm. The deal will enable researchers to quickly deploy the compute and storage capacity required to run complex and resource-hungry bioinformatics computations.

"Syngenta has embarked on a new era of productivity and innovation to help growers around the world," said Martin Walker, head of business services at the company, adding that the systems were crucial.

HP will provide security systems to protect Syngenta's data in the cloud. It will also provide a service desk and on-site support services covering desktops, notebooks and printers for the company's 26,000 users spread across 90 countries. This will include virtual desktops as a service for about 5,000 users.

The services will be supported from HP global delivery centres in Argentina, Bulgaria, China, India, the Philippines and Slovakia.