Mobil Travel Guide, a spin-off of ExxonMobil, worked with IBM Global Services to build a Linux infrastructure in an IBM mainframe that allows IT resources to be turned on and off, albeit with a delay of about a day, which Mercurio says he can live with. The company pays for its storage allocation on an as-needed basis, and its requirement is growing fast as services are added. "When we need more, we just call IBM and, boom, it's there," Mercurio says.
For some companies looking to provide on-demand storage to clients or staff, a storage infrastructure that uses provisioning technologies is proving to be a successful investment. BlueStar Solutions, a Cupertino, Calif., firm that outsources services based on applications such as J.D. Edwards, Oracle and SAP to customers on a charge-back basis, has found pooling storage resources among its clients the best way to manage those resources.
Storage Purchasing Methods
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