Menu
HP creates a new way to sell datacentres

HP creates a new way to sell datacentres

Enterprises can get a datacentre they have full control of without the upfront costs

Hewlett-Packard is selling its datacentre services in a new way, via a program it calls "facilities as a service" (FaaS).

Businesses today either build their own data center or lease space at a colocation facility. HP is offering a middle approach.

HP will build a datacentre, complete with all the power and environmental systems, to customer specs, and wherever the customer wants it. HP will maintain ownership of the datacentre, unless the customer eventually decides to buy it.

But even though HP maintains ownership, it insist that the facility is thoroughly the customer's datacentre. The customer will have operational control of the facility, and install whatever equipment they want, from any vendor.

"It's your environment," said Rick Einhorn, vicepresident of worldwide data center consulting at HP. The customer is "essentially owning the datacentre".

HP argues that its new service removes the high upfront cost of building a facility. The offering is aimed businesses that want or need to maintain control of their own facilities, and not be dependent on a co-location provider.

Sophia Vargas, an analyst at Forrester, said the majority of enterprise infrastructure is still owned and operated in enterprise facilities, not in colocation datacenters or Cloud environments. Businesses want to maintain control over the facility and environmental conditions, she said.

"I think there will definitely be some demand for it," said Vargas of HP's offering, which she believes is a new approach for the datacentre market. Vargas said HP's offers an alternative and more flexible way to pay for a data center by shifting some of the costs to an operational model.

Exactly how the cost will work out is not clear, but part of the equation will include an assessment of risk involved with building a new data center, and under this model, HP takes on the risk, she said.

Patrick Thibodeau covers cloud computing and enterprise applications, outsourcing, government IT policies, data centers and IT workforce issues for Computerworld. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @DCgov or subscribe to Patrick's RSS feed. His e-mail address is pthibodeau@computerworld.com.

See more by Patrick Thibodeau on Computerworld.com.

Read more about data center in Computerworld's Data Center Topic Center.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Configuration / maintenanceIT industryCIO rolehardware systemsIT LeadershipData CenterIT managementHewlett-PackardHP

Featured

Slideshows

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

HP honoured leading partners across the channel at the Partner Awards 2017 in New Zealand, recognising excellence across the entire print and personal systems portfolio.

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ
Tech industry comes together as Lexel celebrates turning 30

Tech industry comes together as Lexel celebrates turning 30

Leading figures within the technology industry across New Zealand came together to celebrate 30 years of success for Lexel Systems, at a milestone birthday occasion at St Matthews in the City.​

Tech industry comes together as Lexel celebrates turning 30
HP re-imagines education through Auckland event launch

HP re-imagines education through Auckland event launch

HP New Zealand held an inaugural Evolve Education event at Aotea Centre in Auckland, welcoming over 70 principals, teachers and education experts to explore ways of shaping and enhancing learning using technology.

HP re-imagines education through Auckland event launch
Show Comments