Hoping to hold on to enterprise clients ahead of its looming breakup, Hewlett-Packard has announced a major reconfiguration of its enterprise hardware offerings, including several new products and services. The announcement includes new lineups for the company’s server, storage, cloud systems and services catalogues.
“The new style of IT requires organizations to have a technology infrastructure in place that drives innovation and business outcomes,” said Antonio Neri, senior vice president and general manager, HP Enterprise Group. “Today, HP is bringing to market innovations across our enterprise portfolio that will enable our customers to capture new possibilities for profitability and growth, while reducing data center costs and risk.”
The new offerings include the Integrity Superdome X and Integrity NonStop X servers, both of which represent updates to their respective lines and are built on the x86 architecture. The company claims the Superdome X delivers four times faster e-commerce transactions than similar x86 platforms and 60 percent less downtime, combined with 32 percent lower total cost of ownership compared to competitive UNIX environments.
For its storage business, HP is introducing what it claims is a faster and more flexible converged storage system with a new portfolio of 3PAR StoreServ systems featuring backup to HP’s StoreOnce storage solution, will now include a new 50 terabyte StoreOnce VSA and expanded kernel-based virtual machine hypervisor support to enable backup-as-a-service consolidation.
The company also seems to be betting heavily on its Converged Systems line, with a new converged systems portfolio powered by OneView, a management application that works across servers, storage, and networking systems.
“In order to accelerate business agility, HP OneView compliments IT infrastructure management simplicity with predictive analytics capabilities,” the company said. “The latest release of HP OneView has built-in HP Operations Analytics to empower customers with the tools to predict, prevent and pinpoint issues before they arise. Customers can expect faster problem resolution, from three days reduced to 30 minutes, providing dramatic savings, higher service levels and business agility to anticipate needs ahead of demands.”
HP also said it would be expanding its consulting and support services, including its HP Datacenter Care and HP Consulting for software-defined Infrastructure to help customers support advanced cloud and software-defined infrastructure environments.
Ahead of the Split
In October, HP announced that it would split into two separate businesses: HP Enterprise, which will inherit the company’s business clients and enterprise technology infrastructure, and HP Inc., which will continue with its consumer products and printers. The company also announced that it would be cutting about 5,000 jobs as part of CEO Meg Whitman’s five-year-plan to revive the company’s flagging fortunes.
But Whitman’s plan seems to have come up short, at least so far. Last week, HP reported a 2 percent decline in sales for the previous quarter, with profits falling 6 percent from a year ago. Whitman, who will stay with the enterprise solutions division, is hoping the new lineup will boost revenues. The split is expected to be completed sometime in 2015.