Hewlett Packard (HP) has launched a plug-and-play internet storage rack that offers end-users expandable hard disk capacity on demand.
Resellers, internet service providers and ASPs can use e-Utilica to host applications and provide additional storage space and services, the company claimed.
E-Utilica comprises an administration rack, multiple processor racks and/or storage racks. The administration rack, which connects the processors to the internet, offers high-level security, management and administration.
The processor racks can hold up to 20 CPUs.
"HP e-Utilica offers service providers flexibility to meet the changing needs of customers," said Matt Oberdorfer, global marketing manager for HP's technical computing division.
"The ability to offer storage capacity is a key competitive advantage for service providers who want to offer customers innovative ways to control costs."
Jim Gutowski, vice-president of networking reseller Cohere's manufacturing and engineering division, said: "Our first impression of HP e-Utilica was that it was a perfect fit. We are able to instantly ignite resources and to allocate those resources dynamically to our customers. It gave us a new way to reach customers."
E-Utilica is compatible with Unix, Windows and Linux platforms. Available now, it has an estimated US street price starting at $500,000 (£342,000).
In addition, the vendor has released HP Instant Support, a free online self-help tool designed to diagnose desktop and laptop problems.
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