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Published: 16 Oct 2012

Changes are afoot in the way you can pay for your storage--at least if you're an EMC or Hewlett-Packard StorageWorks XP 128 or 1024 customer. EMC has introduced an automated version of its OpenScale capacity-on-demand program, while HP has tweaked its pay-per-use plan, where customers pay a fixed monthly fee, plus a fee based on metered usage of its disk consumption. Under HP's new program, customers will pay no more than it would cost to lease an equivalent system, and will not be penalized if they fail to increase their capacity. EMC's OpenScale now features agentless collector technology that relieves EMC technicians from having to go to the customer site to assess usage. HP has also added enhanced metering capabilities that let managers track utilization over the Web. That's provided through OpenView Storage Area Manager, included as part of the program. According to Gary Wright, HP vice president, network storage services, the company "hopes this will become the new model for buying storage," and has plans to extend the plan to its EVA line. But there ... Access >>>

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