HP Takes Energy, Thermal Efficiency Audit to Channel

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HP has offered energy and thermal efficiency audits in the form of professional services for about two years, ever since it acquired consulting firm EYP. Now HP has rolled out the service as one that channel partners can resell to their customers. One partner says it adds a needed component to its own data center design and consulting services business.

Two years after it bolstered its data center services offerings with the acquisition of data center consulting firm EYP, Hewlett-Packard has rolled out to its channel partners the energy efficiency analysis and thermal assessment service it gained from the deal.

The move comes at just the right time, as customers are looking at energy and thermal adjustments following efforts for server consolidation, according to Pat O’Connor, director of HP services business development at Agilysys, an HP Elite partner IT solution provider, which began telling its corporate and  public-sector customers about the service when HP made it available through the channel in November 2009.

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The new HP offering adds a crucial component to Agilysys’ data center practice, which already includes server consolidation, virtualization, business continuity and data center automation. Agilysys serves as a project manager and resells the HP-provided professional service.

"Having this tool as a channel partner is great for Agilysys," O’Connor told Channel Insider. "We have customers that are asking us to come in and talk to them about their business needs. We are talking to a number of utilities about upgrading and transforming their data centers."

O’Connor noted that several U.S. states are requiring their utility companies to reduce their own data center power consumption, and to meet those needs many have been talking to Agilysys about HP’s Energy Efficiency Analysis and Thermal Assessment. In turn, Agilysys is getting referrals from those utilities’ commercial customers as well.

The HP assessment includes a proprietary software tool used by the engineering group at HP that can provide what-if scenarios on spending and energy/money savings to customers considering changes, something that holds great appeal for budget-conscious IT leaders who are looking for quick ROI.

O’Connor says that the data centers he sees run the gamut, from ones that would see tremendous savings from upgrades to more modern centers where a few tweaks here or there could yield some savings.

"Every opportunity we come into we can make some recommendations and offer solutions that would benefit the customer," he says.

At the beginning of each project, Agilysys conducts a questionnaire and planning session—a template provided by HP—together with the customer, and then comes back to the customer with a statement of work and terms.

Over the two years that HP has offered the service through its own direct sales, it has conducted about 70 audits, according to Bill Kosik, Green Data Center technology principal at HP. The team providing the audits has ranged from 20 members to 50 members.

Kosik says his group focuses on solutions that offer a less than five-year payback.

Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com