IBM Offers Service Bundles for Data Centers

 
 
By Stan Gibson  |  Posted 2006-10-10 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The company's consulting arm introduces packages that combine services and software in a push to productize its expertise.

Continuing its push to package consulting expertise, IBM Global Services introduced on Oct. 10 five offerings aimed at the data center. The packages include the use of software to model data center requirements, planning and performance "We can predict with a fair amount of certainty how to optimize costs and designs," said Lehman, said Bret Lehman, director of site and facilities services at IGS. Lehman said that to meet capacity requirements in the next several years, between 70 and 77 percent of data centers will need to consolidate and upgrade.
The packages are: High Density Computing Readiness Assessment, starting at $30,000; Thermal Analysis for High Density Computing, starting at $12,000; Integrated Rack Solution for High Density Computing, priced according to size and complexity; Data Center Global Consolidation and Relocation Enablement, priced starting at $50,000; and Scalable Modular Data Center for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses, priced starting at $400,000. All prices quoted increase according to the scope of the project.
Rick Siner, director of technical services at Priority Health, a health plan company based in Grand Rapids, Mich., used IBM services even though Priority Healths data centers are populated with Hewlett-Packard servers and storage systems, along with Cisco networking gear. With some 250 servers, Priority Health wanted to build a new data center in Grand Rapids, along with a backup site in the same city. "IBM was involved in the primary site design and planning. When it came to services at that point, HP wasnt quite there," said Siner. The primary data center was opened in September 2004, and the secondary site will be occupied in early 2007, he said. The secondary data center is more than 10 miles away on the other side of town and in a different power grid.
IGS personnel used IBM CAD tools into which an IBM rep inputted specifications and requirements for the new data center. IBM also helped construct a command center for the different data center operations, covering the main campus and four remote locations, Siner said. The cost was under $5 million, Siner said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.
 
 
 
 
Stan Gibson is Executive Editor of eWEEK. In addition to taking part in Ziff Davis eSeminars and taking charge of special editorial projects, his columns and editorials appear regularly in both the print and online editions of eWEEK. He is chairman of eWEEK's Editorial Board, which received the 1999 Jesse H. Neal Award of the American Business Press. In ten years at eWEEK, Gibson has served eWEEK (formerly PC Week) as Executive Editor/eBiz Strategies, Deputy News Editor, Networking Editor, Assignment Editor and Department Editor. His Webcast program, 'Take Down,' appeared on Zcast.tv. He has appeared on many radio and television programs including TechTV, CNBC, PBS, WBZ-Boston, WEVD New York and New England Cable News. Gibson has appeared as keynoter at many conferences, including CAMP Expo, Society for Information Management, and the Technology Managers Forum. A 19-year veteran covering information technology, he was previously News Editor at Communications Week and was Software Editor and Systems Editor at Computerworld.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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