Compaq offers 'on demand' computing services

Compaq Computer Corp. announced a change in its sales strategy Tuesday, pushing services to large corporate customers in a move to emphasize that it does more than make hardware.

Compaq will tie installation and technical support services to its hardware sales of PCs, servers, storage and handheld devices. Calling the initiative "Computing on Demand," Compaq plans to offer customers computing services as a utility cost, like a water bill, according to a news release from the company. The initiative is intended to allow customers to focus on their core businesses, while outsourcing IT requirements to Compaq.

Computing on Demand includes a number of categories: Capacity on Demand, Server on Demand and Storage on Demand. Customers can reserve PC, server and storage capacity and then Compaq releases the computing power to them as it is needed.

Under the Capacity on Demand program, Compaq will install reserve computing power for customers using AlphaServer and NonStop Himalaya servers. The server capacity can be put into service immediately on request, and paid for as it is used. Server on Demand will extend the plan to the company's ProLiant server line in the third quarter. The plan includes flexible financing options, as well as a pay-per-unit computing model based on application usage.

Compaq's Access Utility is a package of hardware and services with options that can be customized, according to the company. It offers four desktop or portable configurations using Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 2000 Professional and Office XP software, along with help center support, installation, program management, asset reporting, and a technology upgrade every three years.

Optional services can be added. Those services include asset recovery, backups and system restoration, desk-side support, data migration, custom image loading, and enhanced hardware support.

The initiative's effect appears to be similar to the application service provider business model.

The Storage on Demand and Compaq Private Storage Utility programs perform the same kind of services function as the other on-demand programs, allowing customers to meet unanticipated storage requirements by purchasing additional capacity like a utility, on a "pay-as-you-grow" basis, according to Compaq.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?