Compaq plugs storage services

Compaq plugs storage services

Compaq Computer has announced a suite of services designed to help companies deploy and manage Storage Area Networks (SANs) and other storage systems.

The services include teams of Compaq storage experts who will help companies analyse, design and implement Compaq's Enterprise Network Storage Architecture (ENSA), the company's mix of storage products released earlier this year. The company has also introduced services to help customers use SANs for the Windows NT environment.

Compaq's ENSA system offers a design for storage (including SAN systems) infrastructure with switches, hubs and other hardware and a set of software tools for backup and other storage functions.

"We are offering the tools and services for customers to develop all their storage infrastructure needs," Theresa Parenteau, a Compaq spokeswoman, said in an interview.

Compaq's offering comes at a time when storage systems, software and services vendor EMC has announced it will buy Data General for about $US1.1 billion in order to gain a greater share of the midrange storage market.

Compaq will still be able to compete with the reinforced EMC in storage products and services, said one analyst.

"They [Compaq] have a complete organisation that can do about anything in the storage market," said Rob Enderle, an analyst with Giga Information Group. Compaq's acquisition of Digital Equipment last year gave Compaq a top-ranked service organisation, he added.

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