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HP Launches Formal Utility Computing Service
Hewlett-Packard on Tuesday formalized a six-year effort to build a utility computing business with launch of an offering called HP Flexible Computing Services, which provides customers access to dedicated or shared computing resources at variable prices.
The program will compete with a number of utility computing and outsourcing initiatives offered by a wide variety of companies, including IBM's Deep Computing On Demand and Sun Microsystems' Sun Grid platforms.
"We see this as a key element of HP's overall adaptive enterprise strategy, and it enables customers to really tie much closer the demands of business, which are either very cyclical in nature or very immediate in nature, and a flexible IT environment," says Brian Fowler, HP utility services global director.
HP's FCS infrastructure platforms will be offered on systems using Intel Xeon or Itanium processors, and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Opteron processors, with Windows, Linux, or HP-UX operating systems.
HP is offering three basic levels of "public" utility computing services. The Infrastructure Provisioning Services provide access to basic IT infrastructure, including server, storage, network, operating system, and associated HP management tools. The service is offered at 55 cents to $1.50 per CPU hour based on the configuration.
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