Hewlett-Packard (HP) and global communications supplier, Qwest have yet to decide how they will extend to Europe their 'storage on tap' service launched with great fanfare yesterday.
Qwest, which owns a joint venture called KPNQwest with Dutch telecoms operator, KPN, said the service will be available to European customers by the beginning of next year, but has yet to agree whether to offer it through KPN or by itself.
Qwest will offer a range of hosted storage services based on HP's Surestore E range of systems. Targeted customers include application service providers, ecommerce suppliers and Internet companies who have widely fluctuating storage needs. Customers will be charged on a per usage basis each month.
The company expects to make around $200 million in revenues within the first year of offering the service and up to $1.5 billion over the three year term of the deal with HP.
The two firms already work together hosting software applications that includes customer relationship management and enterprise resource planning, as part of a service announced in May.
Qwest believes it will not be difficult persuading customers to use storage on tap. Said Doug Stone, Qwest's senior vice president of business development, "The folks today that are based on servers are comfortable with that and will continue to manage their applications internally. But there is an increasing overlap between storage on demand and applications on demand and I am seeing companies that have expanded or are startups that are comfortable having these services outsourced."
The service offered will include backup and services such as disaster and business recovery.
HP's storage rival Storagetek announced a hosted storage service back in June and counts British Airways as a customer.
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