Hewlett Packard (HP) has finally begun its pay-per-use price plan, which was initially earmarked to start in the first quarter of this year.
British, German and French customers buying HP Superdome servers can now pay for how much they use their servers rather than how much power the servers have. It is of particular benefit to managed service providers who can better bill customers for end of quarter surges in demand.
The programme will be extended to cover Intel servers later this year in the UK, France and Germany. The plan already applies to both product lines in the US.
HP said it expects the option to be most attractive to companies that experience fluctuating demand, and which presently have high powered machines to meet the needs of peak demand times.
Customers signing up will be invoiced for a base flat fee then a usage-based sum. The plan includes monitoring software that shows how much the servers are used.
HP has lost market share to IBM, Compaq, Dell and Sun Microsystems in the declining server sector over the last 12 months.
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