HP has announced a comprehensive service that simplifies the process of designing and building data centres by offering design, construction and project management from a single vendor.

The new HP Critical Facilities Implementation service (CFI) can lower clients’ cost of ownership by providing a single integrator that delivers all the elements of a data centre design-build project from start to finish.
An extension of the HP Converged Infrastructure strategy, HP CFI is an architectural blueprint for the data centre of the future that allows clients to align and share pools of interoperable resources.
A recent Gartner survey indicated that “a total of 46% of our respondents report that they will build one or more new data centres in the next two years, and 54% expect that they will need to expand an existing data centre in that time frame”.
Using HP’s turnkey offering, clients can realise faster implementation times and lower costs to expand their computing capacity.
“Constructing a data centre is an enormous undertaking for any business, and taking an integrated approach with a single vendor will help maximise cost and efficiency, while reducing headaches,” says Dave Cappuccio, research VP, Gartner.
“As customers’ data centre computing requirements add complexity to the design-build process, comprehensive solutions that provide clients with an end-to-end experience will allow them to realise their plans within the required timeframe and constraints.”
HP client HNA Group is a large multi-enterprise organisation in China, encompassing air transportation, tourism services, logistics and financial services.
“As our business portfolio continues to expand, we needed to quickly create a new data centre that complied with international standards,” says Li-Chao Tang, GM, Information Technology management, HNA Group.
“HP provided us with end-to-end support for our new facility, providing first-class data centre design and technology and allowing us to open as scheduled.”
“HP Critical Facilities Implementation service converges technology with strategic facilities planning to cover all aspects of client needs, whether they are updating an existing data centre or building from the ground up,” says Rachel Cooke, HP critical facilities services manager South Africa.
“Globally, clients rely on HP’s strategic facilities insight and experience – this includes mature geographies as well as major growth markets like China and India, where we are currently providing these CFI services for large-scale data centres.”
Based on its experience in “greenfield” and retrofit construction, HP is delivering CFI for increased efficiency when designing and building data centres.
The company draws on its experience in designing more than 50-million square feet of raised-floor data centre space and its innovations in design engineering to create fully integrated facility and IT solutions.
Benefits of the solution include:
*End-to-end critical facilities expertise – clients benefit from HP’s management of all of the elements of the design-build project and vision of integrating facilities development with IT strategy.
*Customised planning – clients are provided with a customised data centre implementation plan that is scalable and flexible enough to accommodate their existing and future data centre needs.
*Innovation and proven industry leadership – with HP, clients have access to industry-recognised experience based on a track record of delivering successful customer projects around data centre planning and design-build.
These projects include the world’s first LEED-certified data centre, the first LEED GOLD-certified data centre, India’s first Uptime Institute Tier III-rated data centre as well as more than 60 “greenfield” sites, including 100-megawatt facilities.
HP CFI is available through HP Critical Facilities Services.