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Getty Images Sharpens Its Focus With HP Gear

Picture archive upgrades its technology infrastructure with a flexible architecture

Getty Images Inc., one of the largest film and photo archives with about 25 terabytes of still and moving pictures, last week said it will use a broad range of equipment and services from Hewlett-Packard to modernize its business-technology infrastructure and Web site, which gets more than 1.8 million visitors a month.

Getty will use HP servers, desktops, notebooks, storage systems and networks, and OpenView management software. HP also will help Getty digitize more than 70,000 film clips. Financial terms weren't disclosed, but HP calls the Getty deal one of the most extensive examples to date of the vendor's adaptive-enterprise strategy.



HP meets Getty's needs, Stringer says.

Getty wanted to consolidate its infrastructure on a single key supplier, increase speed of deployment, reduce the amount of time spent on IT evaluation, and cut costs. To Kenneth Stringer, VP of technical operations for Getty, HP's adaptive-enterprise strategy means the vendor will "always come up with the solution that will meet my needs."

That includes supplying servers with extra processors that can be turned on to handle peak loads and turned off when not needed. The deal also will make it easier for Getty to upgrade to faster storage systems or networks when they're introduced because HP will provide credits and other incentives to allow Getty to move to the new equipment. HP also will provide flexibility in project workload, Stringer says. If Getty needs a temporary upgrade for a development and testing phase, HP will supply it, charge for usage, then remove it when the testing is done.

One analyst expects more companies to deploy infrastructures that offer greater flexibility. "Every successful Global 1,000 company will be doing this," says Jonathan Eunice, an analyst with Illuminata. "Many companies would love to take this step but currently have too many business units operating as separate fiefdoms."

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