Storage service provider hojo8 has expanded its enterprise offering following an agreement with StorageTek. The alliance will see the latter's supply tape library products integrated into hojo8's mainframe operations.hojo8, an off-shoot of Hitachi Data Systems, is pushing to achieve a seamless storage solution for SOHO and enterprise businesses that includes Internet backup, business data protection, managed storage, managed applications and storage consultancy. The addition of StorageTek's products is a direct effort to maintain quality and reliability of service at the top end, said Greg Hood, hojo8's general manager. hojo8 currently uses Quantum in its mid to low-end operations.
"Handling the storage requirements of some of Australia's largest organisations means we need an incredibly reliable tape solution. StorageTek gives us reliability, as well as the ability to save space and money via data compression. The added benefit of this is we can use the tape library to full capacity, bringing more customers onboard," says Hood.
The market in Australia is opening up to creative initiatives as local businesses seek more cost-effective ways to manage their storage growth, claims StorageTek marketing manager, David Templeton. However Peter Stebbings, director of professional services for Hitachi Data Systems, feels companies are still coming to grips with the total cost of ownership in terms of storing and managing data in-house or outsourcing to an SSP. "hojo8's storage on demand represents significant benefits in terms of cost that customers will be hard pressed to match but uptake is cautious," Stebbings says.
IT research house Meta Group believes SSPs growth is an inevitability, having recently reported 100 per cent annual growth in the amount of corporate data being generated.hojo8 is currently scouring the market for additonal supply partners in the SME sector, as well as ramping up its channel. It is due to announce partnerships with two vendors within the fortnight.