IBM will provide a variety of hardware to Nissan Diesel Motors, the engine-manufacturing arm of Japanese automaker Nissan. Last week's deal, the terms of which weren't disclosed, covers systems ranging from servers to storage devices. Nissan Diesel will use Intel-based IBM x440 eServers to power its accounting and payroll systems; the servers will replace Hewlett-Packard PA/RISC systems. Nissan Diesel says the new architecture will let it process payroll information in 50 minutes, compared with eight hours for the old hardware. Takashi Sasaki, assistant director for information planning, says moving to industry-standard hardware will let Nissan Diesel cut its infrastructure costs by 70%.