Leo Apotheker: HP Will Be The Cloud Leader

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HP’s Leo Apotheker tells analysts HP will be a cloud leader.

Hewlett-Packard's new President and CEO Leo Apotheker on Monday broke his silence on his vision for the company by promising that HP will be a leader in cloud computing on the strength of an infrastructure, security, and connectivity portfolio second to none.

HP has been investing in new technologies such as WebOS and making acquisitions that will help customers not only build and take advantage of cloud computing, but also be connected to the cloud whether at home, on the road, or at work, Apotheker said.

Apotheker made his comments during the HP Summit 2011 conference, held Monday in San Francisco.

HP's product and services portfolio fits well with three main trends impacting the IT industry, including the growing consumerization of IT, the growing acceptance of cloud computing, and the increasingly mobile workforce, Apotheker said.

"The old paradigm of one person per device is over...(Consumers are) looking for a better solution, and if the enterprise doesn't provide it, so be it," he said.

As a result of these trends, on-premises devices are being replaced by clouds, and clouds are being complemented by mobile devices, all of which are leading to security issues related to how to manage the need for privacy vs. making information accessible and the importance of gating sensitive data, Apotheker said.

Meeting such a vision requires a leadership in cloud, connectivity, and other areas of the IT industry, Apotheker said. "All of us need a trusted partner to navigate this new world which we see is here...Who but HP could deliver this leadership," he said.

HP has market-leading positions in servers, client devices, storage, networking, and other areas important to building cloud infrastructures, as well as the right partnerships to meet customer requirements, Apotheker said.

"The opportunities in the cloud are extraordinary, and we're prepared to lead with our partners," he said.

HP's primary strategy going forward can be broken down into three areas, Apotheker said.

The first is the cloud, where HP is helping customers to both transition to cloud computing and build cloud infrastructures.

HP is currently building a cloud platform that encompasses what is today more commonly referred to as middleware, in which much of the software customers use will be offered as a service, Apotheker said. This platform will support multiple languages, and will be open to third-party developers.

HP will also build an open marketplace to provide customers services, including an app store, all of which will be anchored with solid security, Apotheker said. The app store will provide both HP and non-HP applications, he said.

All these components will be part of a complete ecosystem that will allow the development of customer-aware systems, Apotheker said. "And only HP has the ability to build this," he said.

HP has the data center infrastructure and networking technology to build clouds for customers, Apotheker said. However, he declined to specify which cloud platform technologies his company will use, and instead said that HP will work with a variety of partners, including Microsoft.

The second part of HP's strategy is focused on connectivity where HP will deliver via its WebOS technology a single user interface that will connect home, mobile, and enterprise users to ensure that information can be accessed at any time from any device, Apotheker said. HP has the technology to make all this happen, he said. "And in this game, size does matter," he said.

HP got the WebOS technology with its acquisition last year of smart phone developer Palm.

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