Hewlett-Packard Australia has announced a new consultancy service for organisations looking to move to a storage area network (SAN) or considering an overhaul of their storage strategy.
The new service, which has been available in Australia for two months, was developed by HP's Australian development team, and is vendor neutral and focuses on both business and technology.
Graham Macumber, HP's business development manager for storage services, said the assessment identifies weaknesses that can potentially affect data manipulation and supportability.
At the end of the assessment, companies will be in a better position to understand and map IT environments, identify gaps and wastage, and choose a solution that fits their future needs and architecture, Macumber said.
"Storage assessment helps companies understand how critical information is being channelled, in relation to business objectives."
For IT managers, Macumber believes the service will deliver objective information on something that they do not have time to do themselves. "We stand back and look at the environment as a whole - the backup and change-management strategies."
Macumber said the assessment takes about 10 days to complete end to end, which includes collecting information about current and future storage requirements, interviewing people, collating the information and then presenting recommendations in a report.