HP presented a new product, called Facility-as-a-Service, which provides a variety of modular data center solutions under five year service agreements. Customers can rent custom-sized, scalable data center facilities, taking full advantage of HP products such as Flexible DC, which scales in 500 kW, 750 kW, 900 kW and 1,500 kW increments, and 20-foot and 40-foot PODs, as well as custom modular options.

HP’ Vice-president of technology services and data center sourcing strategy, Rick Einhorn, left clear what separates the company’s new service from the competition: “Now, with HP Facility-as-a-Service, a new option is available that enables an organization’s CFO to switch costs from a capital to an operating expense and provides the CIO with their own operated data center which has the flexibility to expand as the business grows.”

The idea behind HP’s new product is to move the cost of data center infrastructure from “being a capital expense to an operation one for the customer” for which HP will collect monthly maintenance payments. The service is competing with big names in data center location, the likes of Arizona-based IO and Luxembourg’s Colt Technology Services —  unlike HP, however, both providers only offer standardised modules.

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