HP joins forces on storage offer

Hewlett-Packard has joined with consulting firm Cap Gemini Ernst & Young to provide storage services based on HP's portfolio of...

Hewlett-Packard has joined with consulting firm Cap Gemini Ernst & Young to provide storage services based on HP's portfolio of products. The offering could shave more than 10% off the total cost of ownership, said an analyst.

Maxine Holt, senior research analyst at Butler Group, said the services could help users ensure they only pay for the storage they use. "In terms of cost savings, it is difficult to state a figure because user requirements vary so greatly. But organisations should be looking to achieve a TCO saving of at least 10%," she said.

Cap Gemini said it would use its business consulting and services expertise to help users drive down costs.

HP claimed its virtual storage products will help users save money by allowing users to store more data in a physical box than conventional storage technology.

Last month the two companies signed a memorandum of understanding to deliver a broad range of storage products and services in four main areas.

These included storage consolidation, disaster recovery/business continuity, high availability and information lifecycle management, which is the automated management of electronic data.

HP and Cap Gemini are also offering a number of other services, which include migrating data, data back-up and retrieval of information from databases.

HP plans to train an initial 100 storage architects at Cap Gemini to help design, implement and deploy storage products.

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