Compaq extends utility computing strategy

Standardisation and usage-measurement benefits will be highlighted by Compaq as the next phase of its Computing on Demand...

Standardisation and usage-measurement benefits will be highlighted by Compaq as the next phase of its Computing on Demand initiative.

Compaq will shortly announce that its "pay-as-you-use" utility computing model will extend to new storage, server, and access programs.

Compaq's Capacity on Demand Managed Storage initiative will provide storage on demand across multivendor platforms, said Joe Hogan, worldwide managing principal at Compaq Global Services. The service will be available within six weeks.

Also, Access on Demand - Thin Client Package, will provide a thin-client element for users to standardise and tie in access to a server environment, Hogan said. Lastly, Capacity on Demand for ProLiant Servers -Pay Per Use, will allow customers to measure usage of services to increase or decrease capacity based on business need.

Last summer Compaq introduced its utility computing strategy to tie installation and technical support services to its sales of PCs, servers, and storage and handheld devices. Joining similar aggressive services announcements made by Hewlett-Packard and IBM, Compaq sees pay-as-you-use pricing and performance levels for overhead capacity as vital in order for large corporate customers to maximise resources and IT infrastructure.

Roger Kay, an industry analyst at IDC, said Compaq had to evaluate its own risks and be careful it could fulfil potential demand and availability.

Kay also said other issues needed resolving, including whether Compaq would preship equipment, bring it online when needed, and take it back if capacity declined.

Despite sluggish corporate demand and a degree of caution in enterprise buying, Kay said that utility computing is a boon for customers. "If you want to scale your computing plan to your demand, being able to do it more or less as a spigot is a good thing," Kay said.

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