HP enters Australian storage as a service market

HP has launched a storage as a service offering in Australia, promising to reduce recovery time objectives to as little as eight hours.

HP has launched a storage as a service offering in Australia, promising to reduce recovery time objectives to as little as eight hours.

The 'Electronic Vaulting Service' sees HP offer its customers a server-based appliance running software from Canadian company Asigra. The software employs policies to determine which data it will send to the offsite facilities, de-duplicates that data, encrypts it and operates an incremental backup regime to ensure that the smallest possible amount of information traverses the WAN to HP's 'business continuity centres' in Melbourne and Sydney.

HP declined to identify the location of these facilities for security reasons. Nor would the company offer an uptime guarantee or recovery time for the facilities in the event of disaster. And the company also stated that it is yet to devise failover schemes between its many local data centres to safeguard customer data.

It did, however, state that each continuity centre is connected to four carriers and operates multiple redundant systems to ensure as much uptime and availability as possible. HP provides its own storage products as the infrastructure in the centres.

Steve Cartland, the company's Manager, Business Continuity Services, South Pacific said he believes the new service will be most attractive to enterprises with concerns that their remote offices do not have adequate backup and recovery schemes in place.

"Many CIOs are concerned about backup in branch offices," he told TechTarget ANZ. "They want to make sure the data is protected."

Costs for the service vary depending on the amount of data being stored, but Cartland quoted $7000/month for a customer with one terabyte of data on a three-year contract.

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