Seeing as I’m involved in getting a new Data Centre at the moment this post over on ZDnet could my eye. Looks like HP is to target a ‘data centre as a service’ product at enterprise customers.
I’ve heard bits about this for a few years now – HP account managers will bore you silly with stories of renting computing time to Shrek – but this is the first I’ve heard about an actual product. It sounds like there are four favours of service on offer initially:
- A compute intensive service for number crunching applications (the Shrek example!)
- A SAP 6.0 optimised service
- An Exchange optimised service
- A more generic Windows and Unix application server service
From what’s described it looks like a decent start, it’ll be interesting to see whether they start offering additional specific configurations. Something for SharePoint would probably be a good start. As it takes off within bigger companies more people will start grappling with the infrastructure required to run SharePoint in a big way and look for service solutions.