HP unveils utility computing service

HP has unveiled a range of utility computing services to allow users to address fluctuating processing demand.

HP has unveiled a range of utility computing services to allow users to address fluctuating processing demand.

HP is providing the hosted Infrastructure Provisioning Service (IPS) and the Application Provisioning Service (APS) to compete against similar services from companies such as IBM and Sun Microsystems.

The data is processed in HP data centres. It can be compressed and encrypted to be sent over the internet, or larger data sets can be physically mailed to the centres.

Users can choose the type of HP server used to process the data, with a 32-bit Intel-driven server costing 55 cents (33p) per processor per hour. Faster Intel Itanium-based servers cost $1.50 per processor per hour.

Customers can also specify processing servers based on 64-bit chips from AMD, at a cost midway between the Intel prices.

In addition, users can also pay HP to manage grid computing software or compilers to help speed the processing of their data.

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