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HP to launch cloud service, load WebOS on PCs

Posted: 17 Mar 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:public cloud? WebOS? business analytics?

Seeking to rule the cloud and connectivity spheres, Hewlett-Packard will create its own cloud service marketplace, pre-install WebOS on its PCs and printers, and develop a business analytics system with the aid of software to be supplied by Vertica Systems.

"We intend to be the platform for cloud and connectivity," said Leo Apotheker in his first major strategy speech since being named CEO of HP in September 2010.

"HP intends to build and run an HP cloud," Apotheker told an audience of financial analysts and press at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. "We will launch a public cloud offering in the near future" hosting HP and third-party apps and services, he said.

The cloud service will be based on HP's own systems, and will include an application and services store, spanning needs of consumers and businesses. HP also plans to roll out middleware for cloud services, he said.

Separately, HP could ship as many as 100 million systems using the WebOS it acquired last year from Palm. The company plans to load WebOS along with Microsoft Windows on all its PCs starting sometime next year.

HP demonstrated a half-rack system integrating real-time business analytics software it is in the process of acquiring from Vertica, a deal announced in February. A family of systems running the software is now in the works and will be delivered within weeks of when the deal is expected to close, roughly in June.

- Rick Merritt
??EE Times

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