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The company said it would also offer an application hosting service where users can access applications stored on central servers via thin client computing devices.
Run out of Compaq's Global Services division, on-demand storage is designed to provide users with access to a secure, dedicated Web portal where they can view their storage infrastructure and make service requests to Compaq remote management centres.
Capacity on Demand for ProLiant Servers is being positioned by the firm as a way for users to support fluctuating demand for computing resources by acquiring CPU power as and when they need it. Compaq said that it is able to measure the amount of CPU power used, allowing it to bill accordingly.
The Access on Demand service is an ASP-type product that Compaq says will enable companies to build a low-cost, easy-to-support, secure utility solution for accessing major applications residing on a central server. Billing is based on a per seat/per month pricing model.
Commenting on the announcement Peter Blackmore, Compaq's executive vice-president, worldwide sales and services, said the products were aimed at users, "who need scalability and availability during times of peak demand, but also need to keep their costs under control".