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Will you rent your next data center from HP?

Hewlett-Packard announced this week that it was launching a data center-as-a-service product that allows enterprise IT departments to essentially rent a data center from HP rather than buying one. This Tech Sanity Check podcast features an interview with HP about its plans and how it thinks it can provide new flexibility for IT.

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Hewlett-Packard announced this week that it was launching a data center-as-a-service product -- which it calls Adaptive Infrastructure as a service -- that allows enterprise IT departments to essentially rent a data center from HP rather than buying one. In this Tech Sanity Check podcast, I spoke to Deborah Nelson, senior vice president of Marketing and Alliances at HP, about why HP thinks this service offers new flexibility for IT, how HP is turning itself into a services vendor, and the question of build vs. buy when it comes to server capacity.

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Jason Hiner is the Global Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Global Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He is an award-winning journalist who writes about the people, products, and ideas that are revolutionizing the ways we live and work in the 21st century.

5 comments
vernonsocialmedia
vernonsocialmedia

We rent out servers (large and small scale) to other businesses. All of them are made by tier one manufacturers -- IBM, HP, Sun, etc., and we stock everything from the x86 to the M9000. If you guys *were* to rent a server, for the purpose of training, virtualization, etc. and it came with VMware, is there a particular model you would want?

rsaulpaugh
rsaulpaugh

This already happened to friends of mine at ~a Fortune 500 company in IA~. From what I hear only about 65 folks were asked to carry on with HP, doing essentially the same work in the same spaces as before. While this isn't really a new data center for the customer, Data Center as a Service (DCAS) will happen as fast as the top level Mgt cares to drive it. To their credit DCAS was not welcomed by most of the managers there since nobody much likes to see their friends topping sweet corn in July.

bdulac
bdulac

Unless I had a need for gigantic amounts of storage that I couldn't acquire easily and I wanted to give up control of scalability I don't see any reason to look to a company like HP for this type of service.

Jaqui
Jaqui

HP will not sell a system bare metal to a consumer, so I have no indication that their support is any better than that non existent consumer support for commercial accounts.