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HP transformation: frequently asked questions about Autonomy and webOS

Yesterday, we announced a plan to transform HP for the future and position the company as the leader in the evolving information economy.  We issued four different press releases during the announcement, so head over to the HP Newsroom for the original sources (or just read our summary blog post).


We’ve also pulled together answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions about what we’re doing and why.  We’ll continue updating you here and on Twitter as new information becomes available, so stay tuned to Data Central for more.  As always, we encourage your comments as well.


Finally, for more insight into the future of technology, check out two articles published today: Internet pioneer (and HP board member) Marc Andreessen’s essay “Why Software Is Eating the World” in the Wall Street Journal and webOS chief Stephen DeWitt’s interview in Engadget.


What can you tell me about Autonomy?

Autonomy presents an opportunity to accelerate our strategic vision and help customers manage the explosion of information.


After closing the transaction with Autonomy, HP plans to reinvent how unstructured and structured data is processed, analyzed, optimized, automated and protected.


Autonomy also has an attractive business model, including a strong cloud-based solution.


We believe this bold action will squarely position HP in software and information to create the next-generation Information Platform, and thereby, create significant value for our shareholders.


The acquisition of Autonomy is expected to be completed by the end of calendar year 2011.


From a customer perspective, what is the status of webOS?

We’ll continue to take care of our existing customers, but HP has reached the difficult but necessary decision to discontinue webOS hardware development.  For more on the future of webOS software, read today’s post on the HP webOS blog. 


From a developer perspective, what is the status of webOS?

As webOS VP Richard Kerris (@richardkerris) posted in a blog entry earlier today, “We will continue to support, innovate and develop the webOS App Catalog.  Our intent is to enhance our merchandising and presentation of your great products and to continue to build our webOS app ecosystem.”


To hear more from Richard, head over to the webOS Developer Relations blog.


Labels: Financial

HP transformation: reference guide to today’s news and 3Q11 earnings report

Along with third quarter 2011 financial results, HP today announced a transformation designed to better position the company for the future by narrowing its focus on its strategic priorities of cloud, solutions, and software.


First, we are making a strategic investment in innovation by way of a recommended all-cash offer for the issued and to be issued shares of Autonomy Corporation plc, a leading global software business headquartered in Cambridge, UK and San Francisco, USA.


Second, we will focus HP on fewer fronts to further concentrate on the markets that offer the best opportunities for profitable growth and shareholder returns.  As part of this effort, HP has decided to discontinue webOS hardware device operations.  We will explore options for the webOS software platform.


Third, HP has authorized the exploration of strategic alternatives for its Personal Systems Group, which may include, among others, a full or partial separation of PSG from HP through a spin-off or other transaction.


“HP is taking bold, transformative steps to position the company as the leader in the evolving information economy,” said HP CEO Léo Apotheker.  “Today's announced plan will allow HP to drive creation of long-term shareholder value through a focus on fewer fronts, thereby improving its ability to execute, invest in innovation and drive a higher-margin business mix."


HP also announced the promotion of John Visentin to become the new head of its Enterprise Services division, which delivers technology infrastructure, applications, and business services.  Visentin will report to the CEO.


HP held a live audio webcast of its conference call to review its financial results and the company transformation on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT.  A replay will be available at


Stay updated with further news as it becomes available by following @hpnews on Twitter, the Newsroom, and our investor relations website.



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Labels: Financial

HP Q3 earnings quick reference guide for Thursday, August 18, 2011

HP (NYSE: HPQ) will present its third quarter earnings results tomorrow, August 18, 2011, after the market closes.  We will post links to the news release, financials, and other information as it becomes available here at Data Central and on Twitter/Stocktwits at @hpnews.


HP will also hold a live audio webcast of its conference call to review its financial results.  The call is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 18 at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT and will be available at


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


Related resources:

All HPQ SEC filings

HP on SlideShare

Labels: Financial

HP’s Performance Optimized Datacenter (POD) Accelerates UCLA Research Initiatives


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A crane hoists the HP POD to its new home behind UCLA’s Royce Hall.


Like many research institutions, UCLA faces a common challenge: meeting demand for high performance computing. To satisfy these needs, building a new data center was simply out of the question given space, budget, and schedule constraints. Instead, the university worked with HP and arrived at an alternative solution, an HP POD, which can be delivered in as few as 12 weeks (in contrast, building a data center from scratch can take years).


As the UCLA Academic Technology Services website notes, the HP POD is a fully self-contained data center packaged into a shipping container and is saving UCLA more than $5 million in building costs. While the POD footprint of 40’ long by 8’ wide (320 square feet) is much smaller than legacy data centers, its high-density, energy efficient design can house 1,500 compute nodes, the equivalent of 5,000 square feet or more of traditional data center space. This saves UCLA an additional $184,200 per year in power costs.


The new HP POD will support over 170 research projects across UCLA’s academic spectrum – from particle physics to economic modeling and beyond. As proud UCLA alumnus (and HP Vice President, High Performance Computing) Marc Hamilton notes in his personal blog, the HP POD was deployed behind Royce Hall, one of the campus’ most iconic buildings. Just as Royce Hall is a classic architectural landmark on campus, the new HP POD has become an instant classic in UCLA’s high performance computing architecture.

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