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Léo Apotheker on servers in the age of the cloud: thoughts from the OnDemand conference

HP CEO Léo Apotheker HP Summit 2011


Earlier this week, veteran Silicon Valley media entrepreneur Tony Perkins took the stage to interview HP CEO Léo Apotheker at the OnDemand conference, hosted at HP headquarters in Palo Alto.  With over 70 venture-backed CEO’s in the audience, it was a typical Valley scene full of enthusiastic hallway conversations and bright ideas.

After recounting Léo’s career path prior to HP, Perkins focused on the company’s recently announced cloud computing strategy, asking if the market trend towards cloud computing threatens to “cannibalize” HP’s market-leading server business.

This line of thinking assumes that if more enterprise companies purchase IT as a service via the Internet, total demand for servers will stop growing. Servers were a ~$48 billion market in 2010.

Léo responded that for HP the important macro trend is overall demand for servers continues to grow.  Whether a server is in an enterprise client’s data center or the data center of a cloud service provider, it’s still a good market for HP.  “We’re just moving the revenue stream,” he said, adding that HP already counts seven of the world’s ten largest cloud service providers as customers.

What’s more, the proliferation of mobile devices is playing a complementary role.  The more people shift their IT consumption to cloud services accessed on mobile devices, “the more servers you need,” he said.

These very market dynamics were addressed head-on during HP’s March 14 strategy summit, where Léo and his senior leadership team publicly explained how HP’s core businesses provide the foundation to lead the two biggest technology trends of our time: cloud and connectivity.

By combining that core business foundation, the HP CloudSystem already shipping, a new suite of technologies delivered as a service, and connected mobile devices running webOS, HP’s portfolio would encompass the complete scope of what HP Chief Strategy & Technology Officer Shane Robison called the “cloud stack” – an integrated technology architecture for supporting today’s explosion of data and connectivity.

For more on HP’s Strategy Summit, watch Léo’s keynote here or the full event replay here.

For related HP Labs research on exascale datacenter architecture, read “HP nanotechnology research looks to sustain HP server market leadership for the long run.”

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HP Labs researchers explore ways to unlock insights about home energy use

What simple changes could you make to reduce the energy you use in your home? Are your efforts to turn off the lights when you leave a room making a dent in your electricity bill and carbon footprint? Would it truly be “greener” to replace that old dishwasher with a more efficient model or to do your dishes by hand?


At today’s Unlocking Your Energy event in San Francisco, Chandrakant Patel, HP Senior Fellow and director of HP Labs’ Sustainable Ecosystems Research Group, will discuss a pilot research project underway that could one day make it easier to answer these questions.


Researchers in HP Labs have designed and deployed a proof of concept for a Home Energy Intelligence Service for remote monitoring and assessment of residential energy consumption patterns. The system combines a simple user interface with cutting-edge data mining and analytics to help identify patterns and provide insights on where energy consumption is taking place and what homeowners can do in response.


At the Service Research and Innovation Institute (SRII) Global Conference 2011 this week, the researchers will present a paper describing the project, the challenges they are tackling (like finding ways to use fewer sensors for highly accurate monitoring, and to pull info about different resources like water, gas and electricity into one view), and what they’ve learned from testing out this system in Bay Area homes over the past year.


The team’s goal is to turn the discovery of a home’s current usage patterns into a compelling experience that leads to energy savings with an aggressive payback for the investment.


You can read more news from the Unlocking Your Energy event here and check out a demo of the home energy management service below.


Data Central Exclusive: Rob Enderle analyzes HP’s cloud strategy


Following CEO Léo Apotheker’s keynote at last Monday's strategy summit, HP execs Shane Robison and Dave Donatelli gave a more detailed look into the $143 billion* cloud computing market, HP’s plan of attack, and some of the solutions HP already has in place.


Of course, you can always watch a replay of Shane and Dave’s presentation here (it begins 1 hour, 22 minutes, and 30 seconds into the program) and review their slides.  But we thought it’d be helpful to add an expert’s take to the conversation, so we asked Rob Enderle (principal analyst with Enderle Group) to share his thoughts on HP’s strategy.


As usual, Rob had a both educational and insightful point of view.  His point about how servers, storage, and networking must converge to meet the design requirements of the cloud deserves particular notice (as does his surprising analogy to HP’s successful strategy to dominate the imaging and printing market).


Take a moment to read Rob’s analysis below -- published in full -- and let us know any thoughts or counterpoints in the comments or on Twitter (you can find Rob on Twitter @enderle and HP @hpnews). 


For more on the HP Summit, check out last week’s post.


Rob Enderle, Enderle Group

The biggest and fastest growing opportunity for technology companies is in the concept of flexibly hosting services on the internet.  This concept -- which embraces everything from the web side of iTunes and YouTube (for consumers) to email and storage repositories (for businesses) -- is called “the cloud.”

HP is applying the same strategy that allowed them to dominate the printer market to this data center/cloud opportunity.  That strategy is based on a focused attack by the entire company on the singular idea of a simple, flexible, affordable solution that was easy to use, easy to implement and competitively superior to the alternatives.


To accomplish this they had to acquire networking, strengthen software, and bring the server and storage groups onto the same team so that the solution could meet the design requirements.   These efforts are particularly attractive to enterprise companies, which represent the largest class, because of the massive opportunities for cost savings and the huge potential to simplify what currently is an excessively complex data center environment.


While this is still a work in progress, HP is further down this integration path than any other vendor in their class.   



*2013 expected market estimate, HP internal analysis

HP Names Tracy Keogh Executive Vice President of Human Resources

HP today announced it has appointed Tracy Keogh to serve as executive vice president of human resources, effective April 25.

Keogh will report to HP President and Chief Executive Officer Léo Apotheker and lead the key global human resources initiatives and people strategies needed to deliver the most value to the company’s more than 320,000 employees worldwide.

Keogh succeeds Marcela Perez de Alonso, who is retiring from HP.  To learn more about Tracy and read CEO Léo Apotheker’s comments on the appointment, read the full announcement.

HP comment on Oracle support for Itanium Processors

In response to Oracle’s March 22 press release, “Oracle Stops All Software Development For Intel Itanium Processor,” HP today issued the following statement by David Donatelli, HP Executive Vice President and General Manager, HP Enterprise Servers


"We are shocked that Oracle would put enterprises and governments at risk while costing them hundreds of millions of dollars in lost productivity." 


UPDATE 11:55am PT

HP just issued a more in-depth press release on this issue today, "HP Supports Customers Despite Oracle's Anti-customer Actions".  In it, Donatelli expanded his statement to add, "Oracle continues to show a pattern of anti-customer behavior as they move to shore up their failing Sun server business.  HP believes in fair and honest competition. Competition is good for customers, innovation and the marketplace."


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HP's Gabi Zedlmayer Honored by Newsweek and The Daily Beast's "150 Extraordinary Women" List

This week Newsweek and The Daily Beast identified and honored 150 of those “Extraordinary Women" who are "local heroes, and the growing network of powerful women who support their efforts." The global status and influence of women have changed dramatically in the recent decades. Many determined women have fought against odds to become heads of states, develop breakthroughs in technology and science, or establish impactful organizations that are improving the way of life for many in underserved areas around the world.




Gabi Zedlmayer, vice president of HP's Office of Global Social Innovation, was selected and recognized by this exceptional list for her dedication in maximizing results from the philanthropic efforts of HP, the world's largest technology company. Gabi and her team work aggressively to tackle critical social issues in education and health through strategic collaborations with non-profits and social entrepreneurs to serve developing communities around the world.


Image credit: The Daily Beast, Women in the World

HP Summit - live updates and multimedia from San Francisco

HP CEO Léo Apotheker HP Summit 2011


Today, Monday, March 14, HP CEO Léo Apotheker and the HP senior leadership team is meeting in San Francisco with investors, analysts, and media to discuss the company's strategy to help businesses and consumers thrive in a connected world.

The event is being webcast live for the public. We’ll also be reporting live here on Data Central and on Twitter.



Leo's 39 minute keynote speech, including his slide presentation and some still photography, is below.



Event photos: Images of CEO Apotheker and other HP library photos are available on Flickr; contact corporate media relations for usage and permissions.

CEO Leo Apotheker keynote presentation (PDF)

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HP CEO Leo Apotheker Keynote - HP Summit 2011


Forward-looking statements and non-GAAP financial information

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HP meets goal to increase product energy efficiency by 50 percent

Unlock Your Energy Panel Discussion - March 2011

(above: Marc Gunther, FORTUNE, moderates a panel discussion at HP’s Unlocking Your Energy event in New York with Chandrakant Patel, senior fellow and director of the Sustainable Ecosystems Research Group at HP Labs and special guests Bahar Shahpar, eco fashion designer and lifestyle consultant, Rick Bayless, sustainable chef and restaurateur, and Frank Gould, VP of research and development and sustainability officer at Avaya.)


(This post was authored by Shelby Watts, HP Corporate Communications)


We hit another significant environmental sustainability milestone, with HP meeting our product energy efficiency goal in March 2011 – nine months early. HP’s products now use 50 percent less energy than they did in 2005. With HP shipping 3.5 products every second across all sectors of society, we all have reason to celebrate.

Getting the most out of the electricity we already use is part of the solution to our global energy challenges. But with energy consumption forecast to increase nearly 50 percent by 2035 worldwide, we need to address this issue on many fronts. Applying three broad energy strategies can help:

- Choose energy efficiency options for a quick payoff without sacrificing productivity or features

- Consolidate to optimize resources by shifting from inefficient or redundant products and processes to smart solutions

- Control energy use with solutions that intelligently manage consumption

HP is in a unique position to help as the only company with the scale and portfolio to deliver solutions that unlock the full potential of energy in homes, offices and enterprise businesses around the world. We continue to build a broad eco-portfolio – currently over 5,200 products and solutions – and sustainability is at the core of much of the work in HP Labs.

And this scale can quickly add up. If all makes and models of printers, notebooks, desktops, monitors, and servers shipped in 2005 were recycled and replaced with new HP energy-efficient models, customers could save approximately $10.4 billion in energy costs and avoid more than 40 million metric tons of CO2e – in the first year alone. That’s equivalent to shutting down more than 10 coal-fired power plants for an entire year.

We continue to engage with a variety of stakeholders as we seek to address society’s energy challenges. As part of this, HP has begun a global initiative - Unlocking Your Energy - to demonstrate how energy efficiency, sustainability and profitability are compatible concepts. We encourage you to explore HP’s customer successes and sustainable IT portfolio and hope HP can be a part of your long-term energy solution.

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HP Announces 50 Percent Improvement in the Energy Efficiency of its Products

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- HP Environment microsite:

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HP Summit 2011 quick reference guide for March 14, 2011


This Monday, March 14, HP CEO Léo Apotheker and the HP senior leadership team will meet with investors, analysts, and media in San Francisco.

Monday’s event will be webcast live for the public. We’ll also be reporting live here on Data Central and on Twitter.  Be sure to check back during the event for photos, video, presentations, and more.

Helpful resources:

March 14 event video webcast – beginning live at approximately 1:00pm PT

Executive biographies

Investor relations website

HP on Twitter, StockTwits, and Flickr


(image: HP Labs, Palo Alto)

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UK Finance Minister Visits HP Labs Bristol

The Rt. Hon. George Osborne, the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, visited HP Labs in Bristol last week.  He was there to support high tech industry and to the government’s announcement of £50m investment into superfast broadband. The Chancellor spent about an hour touring the labs, hosted by Cloud & Security Lab Director Martin Sadler and Business Lab Director Ian Brooks.


The Chancellor also visited the Multimedia and Immersive Experience Lab led by Adrian Geisow, who talked through the benefits of using plastic electronics in display technology their bi-stable and reflective display demonstrations. He also took part in discussions around the G-Cloud demonstrator and the benefits for governments in this transformational technology.  The Chancellor was accompanied on the visit by a BBC news crew, and the footage from the visit appeared on BBC national and local news.


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Philanthropy 3.0: HP’s Gabi Zedlmayer Discusses New Approaches to Social Innovation

The Daily Beast’s 2011 Women in the World Summit, a three-day gathering of international women leaders, kicked off yesterday at the Hudson Theatre in New York.  The second annual event brings together more than 300 women, from Diane von Furstenberg to Melinda French Gates, and covers such critical issues as human trafficking, economic development and the gender gap.


HP’s Gabi Zedlmayer, vice president of global social innovation, participated in a moderated discussion with Dr. Amy Lehman this morning, entitled “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: Reaching Beyond the Connected World.”  Zedlmayer and Dr. Lehman highlighted new, creative ways to bring modern healthcare to remote areas in the developing world.  The two discussed the Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic (LTFHC), the non-profit organization Dr. Lehman founded, which provides medical care to 300,000 people living on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in areas where electricity and even running water are scarce, with the goal of serving nearly 3 million people who live in the area.


During the panel, Zedlmayer commented, “Dr. Lehman’s floating clinic is the perfect example of how HP’s social innovation program works.”  She continued, “To us, social innovation is about much more than philanthropy and we’ve evolved our programs from beyond just donations.  We believe in philanthropy 3.0 – the idea of moving beyond purely monetary contributions and taking a holistic approach that includes the involvement of our partners, and the donation of our services and technology expertise to provide one comprehensive solution.”




On the panel with Dr. Lehman, Zedlmayer announced HP’s commitment to support the LTFHC in achieving its goals, specifically focusing on improving the clinic’s ability to serve its patients.  In this collaboration, HP will take the same open and innovative approach to problem-solving for which the company is known.  HP brings strong technology expertise and business acumen to the table, providing in-kind donations and equipment to bolster the clinic.


Given the complexity of the challenges involved in providing quality healthcare to the people living in the isolated areas surrounding Lake Tanganyika, a variety of solutions are required to create an effective and sustainable solution. These range from partnerships with mobile/telecommunications operators and logistics companies to leveraging HP’s strategic relationships in the region.


This news follows other recent HP announcements highlighting initiatives with mPedigree, mothers2mothers and the Clinton Health Access Initiative, all of which are providing significant improvements to the state of global health in Africa.  HP is committed to using our problem-solving success to provide innovative solutions to social issues.  In other words, by applying the same strategic thinking that makes HP a successful business, we can “do well” and “do good.”


(Image credit: Floating Health Clinic)

Educating Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs: HP Speaks at the Social Enterprise Conference

The Harvard Social Enterprise Conference, named among the top 12 most influential and exclusive executive gatherings by, took place this past weekend, on the heels of President Obama’s education reform announcement on Friday. 

HP, a partner in the President’s Educate to Innovate program, was front and center at the event, which brought together more than 1,200 influencers, social entrepreneurs and students for a discussion on driving sustainable change as it related to key issues such as education.

Gabi Zedlmayer, vice president of global social innovation, HP, was part of the 2011 speaker line-up and discussed educating the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.  Gabi highlighted the importance of arming future entrepreneurs with the business and technology skills needed to start and run a successful venture.  (You can see her presentation at the bottom of this post).

“Small-business pioneers are the key to creating new jobs and boosting economies across the globe, yet many aspiring entrepreneurs are lacking the skills needed to launch and build these businesses. We’re committed to providing educators, students and young entrepreneurs with the knowledge and tools necessary to address challenges in their communities and around the world,” said Zedlmayer.

A couple examples of HP’s education-focused programs include:


-  HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE)  helps build skills and channel the inventive spirit of the world’s aspiring entrepreneurs; to date, HP has invested more than $20 million in the program which has impacted more than half a million entrepreneurs.  HP LIFE consists of a series of community training centers in more than 45 countries with low-income areas, high unemployment rates and limited access to job opportunities, with the goal of building IT and business skills among social innovators.


- HP also recently joined President Obama’s Startup America coalition.  The coalition is recognizing both HP LIFE and HP Startup Central, a collaborative ecosystem of technology incubators, investor communities and entrepreneur support organizations which fuels innovation and business growth for startups, as founding entities.


- The Catalyst initiative is another program focused on giving the next generation of entrepreneurs a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through the development of a worldwide network of STEM experts and educators.

You can read more about HP’s initiatives in social innovation here.


Harvard Social Enterprise Conference - Gabi Zedlmayer

HP Urges Increased, Permanent R&D Tax Credit


(above: HP's Jeff Bergeron speaks at press conference on Capitol Hill, joined by the two sponsors of the American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2011, Representative Kevin Brady (R-TX), far left, and Representative John Larson (D-CT), middle.


Jeff Bergeron, chief technology officer for HP’s U.S. Public Sector, joined members of Congress today on Capitol Hill to support the American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2011.


By strengthening the research and development (R&D) tax credit and making it permanent, HP believes the bill will create new opportunities for economic growth in the US.


“As the world’s largest technology company, HP has a long history of investing in American innovation. We strongly support these efforts that provide richer incentives for R&D,” said Bergeron.


Larry Irving, vice president of global government affairs added, “America’s economy is fueled by investments in research and development and our national competitiveness will be strengthened by enhancing and making the tax credit permanent.”

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