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HP Labs unveils research for Net Zero-Energy Data Center

HP today announced new research from HP Labs that unveils the architecture for a data center that requires no net energy from traditional power grids,  called the HP Net Zero-Energy Data Center.


In a data-driven world, the demand for IT services only continues to grow. These services, which are powered through large computer warehouses known as data centers, run everything from eCommerce and social networking applications to the computers that regulate our mass-transit systems. To power all these services data centers consume massive amounts of energy. As a result, the cost of IT services, and by extension the cost of energy, is prohibitive to widespread adoption globally.


The research shows how the architecture, combined with holistic energy-management techniques, enables organizations to cut total power usage by 30 percent, as well as dependence on grid power and costs by more than 80 percent.(1)


With today’s announcement, HP reaches another milestone by delivering innovation and research that rethinks conventional business models and creates opportunities to bridge growth with sustainability. 





(1) Based on internal HP testing and calculations in a lab environment, as compared to existing, nonintegrated techniques.


Video: HP CEO Meg Whitman reviews 2Q12 earnings and company restructuring with CNBC’s David Faber

Early this morning, Meg Whitman sat down with CNBC for an extended discussion of HP's second quarter earnings report and company restructuring, both of which were announced yesterday.


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Uptime Institute Recognizes HP with Green Enterprise IT Award for project in Bangalore, India

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HP has been designated the winner of the prestigious Uptime Institute 2012 Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) Awards competition in the IT Retrofit category for HP’s Data Center Transformation (DCT) project in Bangalore, India.


As one of India’s largest data centers, measuring 70,000 square feet, the HP Research and Development (R&D) data center is the crucial backbone for the development and testing of product innovations for HP enterprise solutions.


Over time as the data center grew to 12,000 servers and storage devices, running cost of the DC was very high and ineffective due to non standard policies, captive power usage, siloed hardware resource pools causing lower resource utilization and frequent DC outages interrupting Innovation.


A collaboration between HP Labs’ sustainable research group and the HP Enterprise Group R&D, the DCT project aimed to improve the efficiency of the infrastructure to optimize space, hardware usage and energy consumption has been implemented.

To address the critical energy issue, a 66KV substation was installed onsite to provide uninterrupted power supply. The DCT project used advanced software and sensing technologies to deliver cooling where it is needed most thereby reduce power consumption by 37 percent. Further, a significant hardware consolidation freed up physical space in the data center. Virtualization technologies and cloud services greatly improved efficiency with increased compute capacity as well as achieved higher utilization levels. This project has increased agility in IT services provisioning and transformed the user experience with quick turnaround tools & solutions.


The results: savings of almost $20 million and reduction of an estimated 115,105 tons of carbon dioxide emissions during a three-year period for the data center. With an efficient infrastructure, the IT team at HP’s R&D Center could focus on its most important goal of innovation.


The DCT project is a premier example of how HP is innovating new technology solutions that enable customers to work while reducing their environmental impact. Click here to read more about another HP sustainable data center in Fort Collins, Colo., which was also honored for its innovations to reduce environmental impact with a Ripple award.


The Uptime Institute’s GEIT Awards recognize projects, ideas and products that significantly improve energy productivity and resource use in IT, data centers and beyond. This year more than 100 organizations from 23 countries participated in the GEIT Awards from companies across the globe.


HP has been honored at the Uptime Institute Symposium, an influential thought-leadership conference serving the global data center industry, in Santa Clara, Calif., on May 14-17. 

HP Reports Second Quarter 2012 Results

HP today announced financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2012.  For the quarter, net revenue of $30.7 billion was down 3% year over year both as reported and when adjusted for the effects of currency.

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Quick reference guide: HP earnings report coming up Wednesday, May 23, 2012

HP (NYSE ticker symbol: HPQ) will present its third quarter earnings results tomorrow, Wednesday, May 23, 2012, after the market closes at approximately 1pm PT.  We will post links to the news release, financials, and other information as it becomes available here at Data Central and on Twitter and Stocktwits at @hpnews.


Our CEO Meg Whitman and CFO Cathie Lesjak will also host a live audio webcast to review HP’s financial results.  The call is scheduled for tomorrow at 1:30 pm PT and will be available at


You’ll also be able to follow the news on our investor relations website and the newsroom.


Related resources:

Recent news highlights: “HP Helps Organizations Enhance Customer Engagement via Social Networks” (4/17/12); “HP Delivers Agility without Compromise with HP Converged Cloud” (4/10/12); "First Looks at HP's Newest Ultrabooks, Powerful Laptops, and More" (5/8/12); “HP Announces Organizational Realignment” (3/21/12)


All HPQ SEC filings


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Making jobs from e-waste - East African Computer Recycling Company, Kenya

(This entry was posted by Dr. Kirstie McIntyre, Head of Environmental Compliance at HP)

The rapid economic growth of emerging markets has led to a rise in the generation of electronic waste (e-waste) in the last decade. The European Environment Agency and United Nations Environment Programme estimate that 40-50 million tonnes of electrical equipment waste are produced each year globally. It’s increasing three times faster than all other types of domestic waste.


In the decade to 2010, six of the ten fastest growing economies in the world were African.[i] Across Africa the technology market is predicted to grow by over 8% a year for the next three years.[ii] This is great news for the region, but comes at a cost. E-waste in Africa is growing 20% each year due to rising sales of electronic goods and legal and illegal imports of second hand and surplus equipment.


The lack of a sustainable e-waste management infrastructure in most African countries means that unsafe dismantling and recycling of used equipment pose serious threats to workers’ health and the environment. This is compounded by situations where there is often little e-waste policy or legislation, regulations to protect the health of e-waste workers are often limited, and where there is little or no infrastructure or training to support sustainable waste management systems. 


In October 2011, HP opened the East African Computer Recycling Company (EACR) in Mombasa, Kenya, in partnership with Camara Education. Kenya produces 3,000 tonnes of e-waste annually – waste that on the one hand can cause great harm to the environment, but on the other, can be used as a resource and an economic stimulus.


Camara Education is an NGO working with disadvantaged communities in Africa. EACR is operating Kenya’s first IT e-waste recycling facility, operating to international health, safety and environmental standards and establishing a local, sustainable IT e-waste recycling industry. The facility receives end-of-life IT from business and public sector customers, the informal sector and Camara’s own network of schools in Kenya, assessing the waste for refurbishment or recycling. Already the EACR has more than 100 clients, including 38 schools.[iii]


HP has been involved in the African market for many years, and in Nigeria HP provides training to e-waste workers in Lagos’ Alaba market, offering advice on handling e-waste containing hazardous materials such as lead and cadmium.[iv]


E-waste management clearly holds opportunities in skills transfer and revenue generation that can be turned into drivers for incorporating Africa’s informal recycling networks into economically, ethically and environmentally sustainable systems. IT recycling is now a major global industry. Comprehensive training and education of the informal sector are key to enable the collection, dismantling and recycling sectors in Africa to capitalize on revenue opportunities while ensuring e-waste management can operate as a self-sustaining system. HP continues to invest heavily in education and training based on its experience across the region.


HP unveils new technology for businesses, too

(Above: one of HP's new ultrabooks)


Last week, self-admitted gadget geek Darren Gladstone of The Next Bench overviewed a host of new products HP announced in Shanghai, China.  Darren likes to focus on the high-performance gear demanded by customers like gamers, but that was only half the story.

Small and medium businesses are similarly demanding.  Whether a small tech startup, a “mom and pop” merchant, or a factory employing hundreds of people, these kinds of businesses move quickly and know that the using the right technology is key to success.

This is particularly true in China, one of the fastest-growing small and medium business (SMB) markets in the world.  In fact, China has about 3.5 million SMB’s today.  With technology needs evolving and the consumerization of IT driving the change, HP’s new products are designed to address the demands of both personal and professional worlds without compromise.

For specifics on the new 2012 product line, read on at 367 Addison Avenue, our blog about technology and small and medium businesses.


And don’t miss this great post about the iconic custom car shop West Coast Customs, which streamlined business processes and turbocharged their design team using HP technology and know-how.

HP & Partners’ Mobile Disease Surveillance Technology Speeds up Response to Malaria Outbreaks

At the Global Business Coalition Health (GBCHealth) Conference in NYC, HP and its partners, Positive Innovation for the Next Generation (PING), Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and mobile network provider MASCOM  announced that their disease surveillance mobile based technology has improved response times to notify authorities of malaria outbreaks from four weeks to three minutes in the first year of the company’s pilot program. Due to the quick outbreak identification process, people affected can now receive help faster.


The program, announced last June, equips healthcare workers with mobile devices that collect malaria data and can be viewed in a geographic map of disease transmission to generate more context-aware information about outbreaks in order for workers to respond accordingly. Through the system to date, there have been a total of 1,068 real-time notifications and updates on disease patterns to Ministry of Health officials and health care workers. Eighty-nine potential malaria outbreaks have been identified in Botswana’s Chobe region, where the disease surveillance system was first piloted and rolled out.


HP and PING have large-scale expansion plans for the program including an additional 20 facilities in Botswana with over 100 health workers trained by June 1, an added 80 facilities by October 2012, and the surveillance of other diseases, beginning with multi-drug resistance tuberculosis in August 2012.


PING also plans to develop a self-training game tutorial to complement the reporting and mapping interface running on the phones. This will empower health care workers to complete self-paced training on use of the mobile tools.


HP and its partners will be awarded the GBCHealth Business Action on Health Award today for our Disease Surveillance and Mapping Project in Bostwana in the Partnership/Collective Action category.


Please visit our website for more information about HP’s collaboration with PING:

An Update on HP Cloud Services

(This entry was posted by Michael Thacker, HP Global Communications)


Over the past few months, we’ve limited access to our public cloud services to a select few invitees.

But beginning today, all you need is a credit card and an idea to start building apps using HP Cloud Compute, HP Cloud Object Storage, and HP Cloud Content Delivery Network.


Nearly 40 ecosystem partners also announced their support for HP Cloud Services today.   From platform-as-a-service (PaaS) partners, to storage, management, and database providers, we’ve got them all, making it easier than ever for developers to maximize productivity.


During the private beta phase we heard a lot of great feedback from customers and built a lot of new capabilities into our cloud.  This kind of extended collaboration is how we like to do business at HP and we’re looking forward to more of it, now that we’re in the next stage of beta.


For more on our partner’s announcements and detail on the services themselves, head over to our formal announcement at the HP newsroom.

First Looks at HP’s Newest Ultrabooks, Powerful Laptops and More!

This entry was posted by Darren Gladstone, Blogger-in-Chief at HP’s



(Above: the new ENVY Ultrabook)

It’s been a BUSY week for us here at…during a massive event in

China, we lifted the curtains on a metric ton of new tech gear. I’m talking no less than six laptops and Ultrabook devices, a mobile all-in-one printer that’d make you the most popular guy at the coffee shop and more. If you’ll bear with me here, I’ll give you a quick taste of what I’ve seen of the hottest new stuff to come out of HP’s labs.

  • Wasn’t so long ago, we were unveiling of the ENVY 14 Spectre. Its freaky all-glass design grabbed attention – and awards – at this year’s CES as the Ultrabook to beat. Well, the SpectreXT  is a brushed-metal eye catcher going for the same gusto: A stylish, slimmer (14.5 mm thin) and lighter(3.07 pound) Ultrabook. ( I won’t be too offended if you just skip the rest of this and just click this link to ogle the pictures.)


  • I’ll admit I’m also a little taken with the new ENVY Ultrabook’s soft-touch red undercarriage for the ENVY Ultrabook. And that spin-finish ImagePad? It makes me think of when I’m looking into a classic car’s polished hubcap. What’s under the hood, you ask? Fantastic question! Let’s just say that it features, “The latest 2nd or 3rd Gen Intel Core Processors.” I’ll let you do the math on that one. Another nice feature is that if you want to spring for a discrete AMD graphics upgrade, you can in the ENVY Ultrabook (HINT: You really want to go with the discrete graphics upgrade). That is potentially a big deal for power users that might want to slip in some game time between emails or work with video editing (I’ve done it on a Spectre – but doing it on an Ultrabook with a discrete GPU? Sounds good to me!).


  • Speaking of discrete graphics power in small packages….With the latest round of HP Pavilion laptops, you now have even more choices to make when buying your PC. So, when you’re looking at buying a new dv4, dv6 or dv7 – you’re getting 3rd generation Intel Core CPUs and the option to amp up your graphics with either a GeForce GT 630M or GeForce GT 650M. (The later falls just below the GTX-enthusiast class line in terms of performance.)  What does this mean to you? You’re getting some pretty solid gaming performance-to-go with the 650M without breaking the bank.


  • Imagine a petite all-in-one printer that you could literally pull out of your carry-on and crack open in your airplane seat. The HP Officejet 150 shows how a full-service printer can come with you – or just slip nice-and-easy into a tiny space in your home office. It also happens to be the world’s first mobile inkjet all-in-one. With the emphasis on mobile. It can scan, copy, print…and it weighs 6.5 pounds, measuring 13.98- by 6.95- by 3.52-inches. That makes it about as big as a hard cover dictionary. At least the one that I used to use.


If the little taste I just gave you here piques your curiosity, I’ve got a whole lot more information for you over at where I give my full, initial impressions of these guys (and, in the case of the new Pavilion dv7, a report of how it’ll actually perform). 

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