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HP CEO Léo Apotheker to Keynote HP Discover 2011

On June 6-10, at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, we’ll be hosting HP DISCOVER 2011, our largest technology event of the year.  The new event (which combines HP Technology Forum and HP Software Universe Americas into a single conference) features a keynote presentation by Léo Apotheker and sessions with top executives, including Bill McDermott of SAP, Ann Livermore, Bill Veghte and David Donatelli.


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Over the four days, we’ll be offering more than 800 sessions on topics that range from mobile devices (including webOS), global data centers, to security, hybrid delivery and cloud computing.  For example, here are a few of the sessions on ‘cloud security’:


  • Cloud security challenges and how to manage them
  • Security and cloud: not an oxymoron with vShield and Tipping Point
  • Managing and securing applications in the cloud

Whether you are a business executive looking to use technology to create competitive advantage, or an engineer looking to broaden your skills in high technology, don’t miss this event. 


You can find additional information about HP Discover at

HP clarifies media reports on support for Windows-based tablets

(This entry was posted by Bill Wohl, HP senior vice president and Chief Communications Officer)


Today, HP clarified reporting in Fortune magazine, CNN, and InformationWeek related to HP’s support of the Windows operating system for use in tablets.


In a CNN/Fortune interview focused solely on the HP TouchPad and HP smartphones, CEO Leo Apotheker discussed the exclusive use of WebOS as the operating system on those devices.  Unfortunately, media sources incorrectly reported that to mean that HP would not use Windows on all tablets.  Since that time, all three media sources have corrected their stories.

Consistent with HP’s commitment to meet customer needs and offer choices, HP will continue to offer its Windows slate, the HP Slate 500.  The HP Slate 500 is valued by enterprise/commercial customers in healthcare, retail point-of-sale, hospitality and other industries where compatibility with Windows applications is important.


First announced on February 9, 2011, the HP TouchPad, a webOS tablet, will be available this summer.

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Leo Apotheker talks to Fortune about HP's tablet strategy and the networking business [VIDEO]

Earlier this week, HP CEO Leo Apotheker sat down with Fortune's Adam Lashinsky to talk tech.  Topics included:

- HP's differentiated approach to tablets

- How the strength of HP's sales channel will impact the webOS developer ecosystem

- Competing with Cisco (in the server market, Leo says, "We don't see them...they see us much more in the networking side of the house")

- How business success affects employee morale

Watch the two-part video interview below and follow Adam on Twitter @adamlashinsky (follow HP @hpnews).


Update: full transcript of the interview available here)





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HP Joins White House Initiative to Help Veterans Launch and Grow Small Businesses

(This entry was posted by Rachel Decker, HP Corporate Communications)


As part of the Obama Administration's goal to strengthen support of military families, HP joined the White House in a new program, "Veterans Fast Launch."  This program is part of First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden's "Joining Forces" initiative aimed at helping veterans build careers upon returning home from military service.


HP, in partnership with SCORE, an organization that provides small business advice for entrepreneurs, is providing mentoring, tools, and training support to military personnel and their families. Specifically, HP is helping to support veterans and their spouses by making them aware of HP's Virtual Rooms technology, and its free, 60-day trial.


Joining Forces is a comprehensive national initiative to mobilize all sectors of society to give America's service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned through military service.


HP stands alongside SCORE and the White House ready to support our returning veterans, and their families as they seek to transition into life as entrepreneurs.  The goal is to help accelerate veterans' successes as small business owners.

Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights: An Effective Legislative Framework

(This entry was posted by Rachel Decker, HP Corporate Communications)


HP joined Microsoft, eBay and Intel today in supporting the Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2011 introduced by Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and Senator John McCain (R-AZ).


HP’s Chief Privacy Officer Scott Taylor said, “As an industry leader in privacy, HP supports this innovative legislative effort by Senators Kerry and McCain. We look forward to working with Congress to advance these efforts.”


The four companies also released a joint statement in support of the bill:

 “We are pleased that Senator Kerry and Senator McCain, both long-time advocates for strong consumer privacy protections, have introduced the Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2011.  We support the bill and look forward to working with Congress as it moves forward.


We have long advocated for comprehensive federal privacy legislation, which we believe will support business growth, promote innovation and ensure consumer trust in the use of technology.  The complexity of existing privacy regulations makes it difficult for many businesses to comply with the law.


We support the bill’s overall framework, which is built upon the Fair Information Practices principles. We appreciate that this legislation is technology neutral and allows for flexibility to adapt to changes in technology. The bill also strikes the appropriate balance by providing businesses with the opportunity to enter into a robust self-regulatory program.


We look forward to continuing our engagement to improve the effectiveness of the U.S. legal framework for the protection of privacy.”


Taylor recently spoke with reporters on privacy policy issues, read coverage of his conversation with the Washington Post here.

Calling All Innovators: HP Seeking 20 New Organizations for Social Innovation Funding

Catalyst.jpgHP’s Catalyst Initiative has been at the forefront of advancing STEM education with unique approaches that leverage technology and have global reach. Recently, HP announced plans to invest $1 million in support of a new Education Innovation Challenge Fund for India. Now, HP is looking for 20 new organizations to join the HP Catalyst Network and receive more than $150,000 (USD) in technology, cash, and professional services.


How can you get involved?


First, to qualify for eligibility, applications must be submitted by educational institutions that serve students in grades 6-16 in these targeted countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States.


If you’re eligible, you can download the request for proposals here: When preparing your proposal it’s important to think about HP’s innovation themes for transforming STEM education:


- The Multi-Versity: Exploring new ways to provide online STEM education to post-secondary, secondary, and adult students

- Pedagogy 3.0: Examining the future of STEM teacher preparation and preparing teachers to facilitate 21st century learning experiences for their students

- Global Collaboratory: Enabling students to participate in collaborative problem-solving to address urgent social challenges using the power of collaborative grid computing

- The New Learner: Engaging formal and informal education organizations to explore how to build a network of learning opportunities for students

- Measuring Learning: Developing ways to assess STEM competencies that are often not assessed in school and the ability to tackle big, open-ended challenges

- STEM-preneur: Addressing novel ways to combine STEM education with the skills and passion of entrepreneurship


If you’re interested in who received grants in 2010, check out the full list here:


Think you have what it takes? We’d love to hear from you.

HP Champions Japanese Relief Efforts, Commits More than $2.3M in Technology and Cash

To help aid the relief efforts in Japan, HP, its employees and the Hewlett-Packard Company Foundation have committed more than $2.3 million in technology product and cash donations to organizations that are supporting short- and long-term relief work.



The Hewlett-Packard Company Foundation and HP employees contributed cash to Save the Children, which has been working in Japan for 25 years, and to the Japanese Red Cross through its affiliate, the American Red Cross. Both organizations were among the first to respond to the disaster and have been working tirelessly on the ground in Japan since to provide food, shelter, counseling and safe areas for children.


HP has also partnered with InterConnection, Microsoft, Dell and NetHope, to provide laptops to relief workers in Japan. These laptops will allow workers from organizations like Oxfam Japan to communicate with each other, share information and coordinate efforts across the region where many operations are faced with a breakdown in information and communication technology (ICT).


Laptops running HP Visual Collaboration, a software-based video conferencing product, will be deployed in three affected cities, Tokyo, Miyagi and Fukushima. The goal is to facilitate high quality, “face-to-face” communication between workers, survivors and others – helping extend the power of personal connections between Tokyo and harder hit regions.


Finally, HP has provided printers, ink/toner cartridges and paper to assist in the relief efforts and ensure relief workers are able to remain fully operational. Paper-based documentation and communication are even more necessary given the availability issues of electricity and other infrastructure. HP has provided printers to Sendai city, Fukushima prefecture and local telecomm carriers to provide the ability to print in these hard hit areas.


“Our thoughts are with the people of Japan as they deal with the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami,” said Léo Apotheker, president and chief executive officer, HP. “We hope that HP’s financial commitments and technology products will provide victims and humanitarian aid workers with the resources needed to begin resuming normal life in the affected areas.”


HP has a long-standing history of helping people in need in communities around the world. The people of Japan and relief organizations will face overwhelming challenges in the coming months as they help rebuild Japan, and HP is committed to supporting these efforts.


Photo Caption: Children play at a Save the Children Child Friendly Space in Ishinomaki, Japan, 13 days after the town was struck by a devastating tsunami. Photo by Save the Children.

HP Collaborates with Facebook on Open Compute Project to Drive Energy Efficiency

Social networking powerhouse Facebook has launched a data center in Prineville, Ore., to support the company’s 500 million active users.


HP is collaborating with Facebook to deliver on its Open 

Compute Project by sharing technology specifications. Working with Facebook, HP has custom designed technology for improved data center operations at its new facility.

"Companies with extreme computing needs continue to seek innovative technology that extends the boundaries of what is possible today while challenging their partners to reach new lows in energy usage," said Greg Huff, Chief Technology Officer, Industry Standard Servers and Software, HP. "HP is looking forward to working with Facebook on the Open Compute Project to increase power efficiency in the most intense computing environments where performance is critical."

Collaboration breeds innovation

HP and Facebook are working to codevelop custom server and power solutions optimized for performance and serviceability. This collaboration has delivered:

—  An HP-built auto-ranging, highly efficient 277-volt power supply with low total harmonic distortion (THD) that can be used on existing HP ProLiant servers to increase energy efficiency and reduce costs to Facebook across multiple data centers.

—  A custom, rack-level power backup infrastructure that fits into Facebook’s new data center, offering more than 99 percent energy efficiency and cost savings, compared with traditional data center power backup solutions (based on HP internal tests).

—  A highly flexible, cost-effective server chassis based on industry standards for hyperscale computing environments

—  New server solutions based on the enhanced flexibility of the HP ProLiant SL6500 platform that boost efficiency and use less power than previous generations, allowing for increased energy efficiency.

Partnering since 2004  

Facebook’s extreme computing needs include supercomputer-class scalable performance and simplified operations at significantly reduced space, power and cost levels.

To achieve this, the company has partnered with HP since 2004 to deliver custom technologies as well HP ProLiant SL servers and HP ProLiant DL servers for high performance computing, improved efficiency and speed for internet access.

For more information on HP cloud computing and sustainability

"HP CEO Leo Apotheker on servers and the cloud: thoughts from the OnDemand conference" (March 31, 2011)


"HP nanotechnology research looks to sustain HP server market leadership for the long run" (March 1, 2011)


"HP Opens New Research Facility to Advance Sustainable Data Center Technologies" - (March 30, 2011)


"HP Cuts in Half the Energy Used by Its Products" - GreenBiz, March 15, 2011


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Designing sustainable cities: another look at HP Labs research

On the heels of the launch of HP’s new sustainability-focused research facility, industry analyst Tom Raftery took a fresh look at recent HP Labs research describing a new approach for building next-generation cities.


From the research:

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Unlike the previous generation of cities built during the Industrial Age, next generation cities will be able to leverage current information technology (IT). We can now use IT, specifically computer-aided design, to optimize the design of new cities. What’s more, we can embed information and communication technology into everything within a new city to achieve optimal operation of city-scale infrastructure…


This paper introduces the concept of a sustainable IT ecosystem as one that employs key elements of information technology to improve the sustainability of compatible ecosystems. We apply this concept to the physical infrastructures that form the next-generation city ecosystem and introduce a framework that provides a more sustainable alternative to conventional physical infrastructures.


As Raftery notes in his summary of the paper, “this kind of research is incredibly important if we are to try to live within our means on this planet – something at which we fundamentally failed to do to-date.”


If you’re looking to learn about creative applications of IT and design thinking  -- and stretch your imagination a bit -- this paper is for you.


Download it [PDF] or read below:

Sustainable IT Ecosystems: Enabling Next-Generation Cities

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