Services Briefs: SANs, HP, CSC

External storage grows to become $134m market

Adoption of Storage Area Networks (SAN) and Network Attached Storage (NAS) has seen Australia become the third biggest external storage market in Asia-Pacific for the first half of 2002, according to Gartner’s Dataquest. External storage revenue in the region totalled $549 million. South Korea headed the list ($250m), followed by China ($174m), Australia ($134m) and Taiwan ($96m). “Email, video, digital imaging and audio information are contributing to a massive explosion in storage capacity,” principal analyst for Dataquest’s computing platforms group Asia-Pacific, Matthew Boon said. HP led the market with a 22 per cent revenue share. Other major players were: EMC (20.1 per cent), IBM (14.2), Hitachi Data Systems (12.3) and Sun (9.0).

HP drives home big DaimlerChrysler deal

HP has beaten four competitors to land a three-year outsourcing contract with DaimlerChrysler Australia worth more than $10 million. The agreement covers the management of core business IT infrastructure including desktops and servers, and the support of back office communications like the internal phone system, servers and help desk environment. “HP provided us with the one-stop total solution we were looking for and demonstrated that it constantly keeps up-to-date with best practice, documenting everything to strict quality control guidelines, resulting in better management of resources during peak work periods,” senior manager of IT services for DaimlerChrysler, Frank Sassone, said.

CSC wins $850 million outsourcing contract

Computer Sciences Corp (CSC) has signed a $850 million, seven-year subcontractor deal with IBM in the US to help support IT outsourcing for financial services company J P Morgan Chase. CSC will be responsible for about 4000 servers and provide assistance to IBM in implementing additional IT initiatives.