By Lisa Coleman
Hewlett-Packard will offer storage capacity on-demand to the service provider market, the company announced recently.
With the storage service provider market predicted to skyrocket from $89 million in 2000 to $7.5 billion in 2003 many companies are vying for a piece of the pie, according to market analyst International Data Corp.
HP is targeting service providers who are hosting data centers and/or providing storage capacity, according to Matt Oberdorfer, worldwide marketing manager, scalable computing solutions at HP?s technical computing division. HP?s e-utilica is a plug-in-play Internet data center scalable to 37TB that will support HP SureStore Disk Array XP512 and XP48 storage. HP-UX, Windows 2000, NT, and Linux operating systems are also supported.
HP e-utilica comprises an administration rack to connect the compute power to the Internet securely; compute racks to accommodate up to 20 systems; and, storage racks in two-meter form factors that support RAID1, RAID5, and Fibre Channel. The system is $500,000.