UPDATE: HP announces new storage services portfolio

Hewlett-Packard Co. introduced on Tuesday five new storage services designed to manage complex, heterogeneous storage environments.

According to the company, included in this line-up are the following: the HP Data Replication Solution Service, which helps customers by implementing a customized, fully integrated and operational data replication solution; the HP Disaster Tolerant Management Service, which focuses on reducing downtime and stabilizing recovery processes; and the HP Storage Optimization Assessment Service, which provides customers with solution recommendations in areas including data availability, storage efficiency and utilization levels.

Also included in the portfolio are the HP Data Sanitization Service, which was designed to safeguard confidential business information with an evolving IT infrastructure and the HP Storage Area Management Solution Service, which betters companies’ control of storage environments while having the option to increase scalability, availability and flexibility.

All five storage solutions will be available before the end of the third quarter.

Alan Freedman, a research manager for infrastructure hardware at IDC Canada Ltd. in Toronto said that the name of the game in today’s organizations is reducing the cost of management.

He added that having solutions in place to increase the efficiency of a company’s IT resources, such as data transfers, back-up and disaster recovery, are “necessary evils in the world.”

Freedman said that “HP is hitting all the right notes with customers” because it is providing solutions that are designed to bring systems up in case of a disaster, an option that customers today are looking for.

“Customers are often asking for more at the same price. Vendors are looking at what customers are asking for and tailoring their services to fit the customer’s needs, and that is what I think HP is doing,” Freedman said.

Also on Tuesday, HP announced a pay-per-use solution for its StorageWorks XP 128 and 1024 Disk Arrays, which will allow customers to pay a fixed monthly fee plus a variable fee that is based on usage of disk storage systems, the company said.

According to HP, this pay-per-use solution is a part of its On Demand solutions portfolio and is delivered through HP Financial Services.

More information about HP’s storage services can be found online at www.hp.com/hps/storage. More information about HP’s On Demand solutions can be found online at www.hp.com/go/ondemand.

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