HP Offers Small Data Center Consulting Through Channel

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HP is taking its data center consulting services to smaller data centers, making them available for resale by HP channel partners. The services analyze and plan for capacity management, facilities capabilities and energy capabilities, and they are designed for data centers of 5,000 square feet or smaller.

Looking to make inroads to the smaller end of the data center market, HP has brought its data center consulting services to its channel partners for sale to small and midsize data centers.

The services comprise the following three offerings: a basic capacity survey, infrastructure condition capability and analysis, and energy condition capability and analysis.

"Our goal is to work more hand in hand with our channel partners to take our deep enterprise service line into that sphere" of small and midsize data centers, Ian Jagger, worldwide marketing manager for HP Data Center Services, told Channel Insider. The services are targeted at data centers of less than 5,000 square feet. HP estimates that there are 150,000 such data centers in existence.

Today’s data centers are evolving into either giant mega data centers or smaller, specialized niche data centers, according to Jagger. Smaller data centers are not necessarily run by small businesses as much as they are dedicated to specific functions such as storage or mission-critical applications, he said.

Jagger said that new consulting services announced this week have previously been offered to HP’s biggest customers through its direct sales force, but now HP is looking to bring the services to smaller customers through its channel partners. He pointed out that the services are high level and consultants who provide them are required to hold engineering licenses.

The basic capacity survey looks at the facility’s capacity and looks at future IT-loading based demands. The infrastructure capability and analysis looks at the capabilities and limitations of the building that houses the data center, including electrical and plumbing. The energy analysis looks at the mechanical and electrical capabilities of the building, finding points where efficiencies can be gained specific to the facility.

Jagger said all three offerings are custom-based services that have been structured to be delivered as enterprise-class services.

"As more companies take themselves down a converted infrastructure route, the more they need to look at the facility and IT as a single entity," Jagger said.

Jagger said the services are priced based on HP’s mapping of what the workloads and deliverables would be and packaged as a unit of service called an HP Care Pack that is broken down in $100 units, making it something that he said can be resold by the channel.

In addition, HP is now offering support for multiple vendors’ products, remote support and educational support services through close work with the HP services organization that used to be EDS. Supported products include those from IBM, Dell, Sun, Microsoft, VMware, Citrix and Novell, among others.

HP has also added active chat, enabling customers to initiate online chat with support if they prefer that to a phone call.

And the company will offer a half-day data center training symposium available to executives, facilities managers and IT managers, designed to help them understand how data center staff effectiveness can be improved. The session, offered by HP, is also available for resale through the channel.

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

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