HP has launched a service designed to simplify the process of building or extending datacentres, putting itself forward as a single source for design, construction and project management.
HP Critical Facilities Implementation (CFI) is intended to lower datacentre build costs for customers by using a single integrator able to deliver all the elements from start to finish.
However, the company claimed that the move is not an attempt to push its own servers, switches and storage, and that it will work with customers even if they choose to deploy infrastructure from other vendors.
Ivan Jascur, HP's critical facilities services portfolio lead in EMEA, said that the firm is providing an end-to-end service from strategic concept to implementation, covering the mechanical, electrical and piping infrastructure, but not always covering all aspects of the IT.
"It is not dedicated to covering the whole IT infrastructure, although there are cases when clients move into a new environment they plan at the same time some kind of IT consolidation or virtualisation. In that case, we would involve our IT consulting business unit to take care of that," he said.
HP CFI is an extension of its Converged Infrastructure strategy, the company said, and builds on the experience gained from planning and building its own datacentres.
Under CFI, HP acts as prime contractor for the planning, design, building and commissioning of the new datacentre. This includes building new green field sites or extending existing facilities, conducting site surveys, fitting data cabling, plus electrical and rack installation services.
HP explained that customers have only recently begun asking for this kind of service.
"We have seen in the last year when providing critical services that there has been a growing demand for design builds. This is a trend, and it might go away in future, but we answer to that demand from the client," said Jascur.
Gartner research vice president Dave Cappuccio commented: "Constructing a datacentre is an enormous undertaking for any business, and taking an integrated approach with a single vendor will help maximise cost and efficiency, while reducing headaches."
HP CFI is available now through HP Critical Facilities Services. Pricing will vary according to implementation and location, the company said.
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