MCI Launches On-Demand Storage Service
Companies can expand capacity usage at a monthly cost of $3.50 to $12 per gigabyte.Targeting enterprise customers both big and small that need of better storage management for their data systems, MCI Inc. on Wednesday introduced its new automated and on-demand Utility Storage Service featuring allocation-based billing. Customers are charged monthly based on the sum of storage allocated to safeguard their data. MCIs new managed service requires commitment levels starting at a minimum of 50GB and a maximum of 3,000GB for their SAN (storage area network) capacity deployments. According to officials of Ashburn, Va.-based MCI, monthly fees for MCIs Utility Storage Service ranges from $3.50 to $12.00 per gigabyte depending on usage patterns. The hosted service is currently available in MCI Smart Centers located in San Jose, Calif., and Beltsville, Md.
By taking advantage of MCIs pay-as-you-go model and limitless access to storage, IT users can better manage their SAN infrastructure and avoid hot spots of overused disk space, MCI officials said. The newest addition to MCIs Enterprise Hosting portfolio, Utility Storage Service, is architected to work in tandem with MCIs Smart Back Up and Enhanced Smart Back Up offerings to boost data protection levels for customers.