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HP To Acquire Data Center Cooling, Energy Specialist EYP

The purchase would give HP an early entry with its cooling technology and energy-efficient storage products.

Hewlett-Packard on Monday said it has agreed to buy EYP Mission Critical Facilities, a consulting company that specializes in data center cooling and energy efficiency. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The acquisition, expected to close by the end of January, would provide HP with proprietary services and technology related to one of the hottest issues today in data center planning and design. Because EYP services start at the ground level of data-center design, the company would give HP an early entry with its cooling technology and energy-efficient storage products.

EYP, based in New York, has 350 employees spread through 13 offices in the United States and the United Kingdom. Most of its operations, employees, and management team would be folded into HP. EYP is led by chairman Steven Einhorn and chief executive Peter Gross.

The need for more storage is growing as companies expand their businesses and strive to meet legal and regulatory requirements for handling electronic documents. Additional storage, however, also can increase energy consumption to run and cool more powerful servers.

EYP's proprietary products and services include EnerOpt, a software-based process to assess and benchmark energy efficiency; a cooling design concept called Cool Design; and a direct current powered facility design called DC2.

"Acquiring EYP Mission Critical Facilities boosts HP's ability to help customers transform their data centers and build dynamic computing environments from the ground up," John McCain, senior VP and general manager for HP Services, said in a statement.

Industries in which EYP has customers include financial services, technology, telecommunications, broadcast, manufacturing, and health care. The company also serves federal, state and local government agencies.

Besides the EYP deal, HP has made other data center-related acquisitions this year. The largest was the $1.6 billion purchase of Opsware, a maker of data center automation software; and the $214 million buy of Neoware, a maker of hardware and software for thin-client desktop systems.

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