HP is claiming it can simplify storage for enterprise customers by offering it as a managed service, as part of its HP Helion cloud portfolio.
Introduced on Thursday, HP Helion Managed Storage offers data storage as a managed service, and like the firm's wider Helion portfolio announced in May, adopts a hybrid delivery model spanning on-premise, public cloud and hosted private cloud infrastructure.
The firm is promising to eliminate or cut the need for customers to own their own storage assets and is instead claiming to offer a pay-per-use alternative that can expand as storage needs grow.
HP said enterprises face storage demands that are increasing by about 25 percent per year, creating an urgent need to proactively invest to ensure sufficient storage capacity. The ability to access storage as a managed service eliminates the cost of hardware refreshes and maintaining excess storage capacity, offering a predictable, monthly expense instead.
Jim Fanella, vice president of HP Enterprise Cloud Services, said: "Our Helion offerings are unique from other industry services due to the simplification of file management and interface, performance scalability options and availability of backup services for servers and personal devices."
As you would expect, HP Helion Managed Storage comprises solutions for block, file and object storage, as well as backup services based on HP's 3Par StoreServ Storage and StoreOnce Backup systems.
These services can be delivered using a hybrid model, located at the customer's location or from a data centre operated by HP or one of its partners, the firm said.
Block storage will be provided from a fibre-connected storage area network (SAN) for applications and databases requiring high-performance options, while file storage services will be provided by network-attached storage (NAS) assets.
Data protection options are also included in the Helion Managed Storage service, comprising backup and restore to and from disk, virtual disk and tape for a customer's data centre, remote office locations and personal devices.
HP said the Helion Managed Storage service provides customers with a choice of tiers to get the right cost, availability and performance for each application, priced on a per-gigabyte basis.
Last week, HP launched a partner network for its Helion platform, calling on service providers and resellers to sign up to develop and sell HP's vision of the cloud as a hybrid, Openstack-based platform.
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