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Meg Whitman: HP driven by cloud, information optimisation and security

"Despite what you may have heard, innovation is alive and well," Meg Whitman, HP president and chief executive said as she officially opened HP Discover 2012 in Frankfurt, 4-6 December. She reaffirmed HP's commitment to our partners, customersmany of whom have been loyal to us throughout the years—and our acquisitions, and a commitment to continue with our history of innovation.


meg_keynote_far_shot.jpgThe focus for the next 12 months is to work harder at commercialising these innovations in the market, Whitman told a packed auditorium during this afternoon's plenary keynote.


Whitman spoke about the new style of IT that's now driven by cloud, mobility, and big data. This forces IT professionals to re-evaluate how IT is delivered and how users consume and engage with information. The new style of IT promises lower cost, greater agility, and faster IT. But it also means your competitors tomorrow may not be the same as the ones you know today. Also, the consumerisation of IT is exposing the gap between the technologies that users have in their homes and those that they use at work.


"IT needs to accelerate its speed of delivery for web services. This means an infrastructure that keeps pace with customers. This new style of IT demands a foundation that supports agility and lower cost," said Whitman.


The new style of IT in action


Whitman gave a simple example of a new style of IT: imagine a travelling lawyer writing a brief on her notebook while on a flight to her firm's international office. Upon entering the office, a printer authenticates her notebook and automatically prints her brief.


The new style of IT relies on an open and integrated infrastructure. HP Converged Infrastructure combines servers, storage, networking, and services to bring you an integrated approach to ITthe opposite of legacy siloed computing. Software is the glue that enables integration.


Whitman says HP's strategy to support the new style of IT is based around cloud, information optimisation, and security. These three IT technologies and functions are key issues for longtime HP customer, DreamWorks Animationand HP has been at DreamWorks' side every step of the way.


DreamWorks and HP: Making lasting memories


Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks CEO and co-founder told the audience that DreamWorks has been an HP cloud customer since 1996, using cloud services for a number of animated movies including Shrek 2, Madagascar, and Megamind.


Security is a huge deal for animation studios, which every day have to guard against piracy. Information optimisation is also a priority. Each DreamWorks movie contains half a billion files that are controlled by HP. DreamWorks is in production on a movie abouta prehistoric family, The Croods, to be released in the spring.  The trailer for the movie alone required tens of thousands of computing hours and terabytes of data to create. "Automony software lets our artists be creative," Katzenberg said.      


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