HP Looks to Be 'General Contractor' of Your New Data Center
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Hewlett-Packard, which already helps enterprises plan and design their new data centers, now wants to be the general contractor on the projects.
HP on Feb. 15 unveiled its CFI (Critical Facilities Implementation) service, a move company officials said will streamline the process of building data centers and give enterprises one place to go for the entire process.
"There is tremendous demand [from businesses] to have a single point of contact," Rick Einhorn, worldwide director of Critical Facilities Services for HP, told eWEEK.
The move comes at a time of expected growth in data center construction. HP officials pointed to a Gartner study that indicated that 46 percent of respondents to a survey said they will build one or more data centers in the next two years, and 54 percent said they will have to expand existing facilities during the same time period.
Having a single vendor to oversee the entire process will help drive down overall costs, Einhorn said. Up to this point, HP has offered services that covered the bulk of the steps in the multi-million-dollar process of building a data center, from assessment and design to project management and equipment.