Today’s plenary presentation at HP Discover 2012 in Frankfurt focused on the transformative power of cloud, as well as the transformative power of the individual…if provided with the right tools.
First up was Peter Ryan, Senior VP and GM, HP Enterprise Group EMEA Managing Director, who welcomed the group and revealed the next location of HP Discover 2013 in EMEA: Barcelona, Spain.
Then Bill Veghte, Executive VP, COO, HP, took the stage to walk through HP’s point of view on the power of the cloud and how HP services can help bring that potential to life.
Veghte positioned HP’s position on the cloud as one of both observer and participant. “We have the privilege of looking at all the various journeys into the cloud,” he explained, from development and test clouds to private cloud production, to cloud service provider, to app transformation, to a source of external services.
Veghte then explained that HP doesn’t just advise other companies on moving to the cloud, but is making the transition itself by integrating cloud services within its own infrastructure as well as launching cloud services as a provider.
Veghte took a tiered approach to discussing HP’s cloud platform and services:
HP Converged Cloud
These services are balanced on three pillars:
- Choice—you can select whichever delivery model, platform or service partner works for you.
- Confidence—Security, management capabilities, and scalability are the foundations of HP Converged Cloud
- Consistency—Standardized architectures are the key to portability and an expected end user experience
HP Converged Cloud Solutions
The ability to integrate services via HP CloudSystem is a key to HP’s strength in this area. “Customers wanted a turnkey operation that would take care of all aspects of their cloud needs,” said Veghte.
Veghte also noted a lot of customer interest in the area of managed cloud services, highlighting that HP now has more than 200 managed cloud customers.
NEW CLOUD ANNOUNCEMENTS
“We’re not standing still,” said Veghte, and proceeded to outline two new cloud announcements:
HP CloudSystem 7.2 features a greater range of choices of virtualized environments, including KVM and OpenStack, expanded bursting options, and faster service deployments with enhanced cloud maps.
HP Compute Cloud provides enterprise-grade cloud computing at public cloud prices. A few benefits include guaranteed SLAs and built-in security.
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Personal Productivity Takes Center Stage
Next, Todd Bradley, Executive VP, HP Printing and Personal Solutions, presented some of the new products on display at the show.
“We’ve invested over $1 million in research and development of personal systems,” said Bradley. “We’re investing in mobility, in designs, and in experiences.”
The products introduced included:
- OfficeJet Pro X—an incredibly fast color laser printer with high quality output
- MFP Flow—a high-speed scanner that transforms hardcopies into digital documents and moves them to the cloud. It incorporates Autonomy technology to pull content from various sources and securely make them available in one place.
- HP ElitePad—a business-focused tablet computer, featuring Windows 8, that easily converts to a laptop by popping into a keyboard enhanced jacket.
- HP Envy 2—a sleek laptop with a touch-sensitive, detachable, tablet-style screen. Just won a German Industry Form Award.
The presentation ended with a bang, or a beat, rather, as the stage opened up to reveal Robbie Wilde, a deaf DJ who uses HP touch products, mixing some tunes for the audience. Also on display was a visual artist who created a work of art using a single, high-density HP print cartridge.
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