HP’s Livermore Talks Hardware, Green Future
By jack.flynn on Sep 25, 2008
Exerpt from the official daily newspaper from Oracle Magazine and Profit. By Fred Sandsmark.
Leading off Wednesday afternoon’s keynotes, HP Technology Solutions Group Executive Vice President Ann Livermore talked about HP’s server, storage, software, and services offerings—the nearly US$38 billion global business that she leads—and her company’s relationship with Oracle. She also outlined HP’s initiatives in two hot areas: cloud computing and green IT.
Livermore began her 30-minute presentation by describing how HP relies on Oracle technology for its own operations. But HP hardware is what she came to talk about.
One-third of CIOs and CEOs know that their data centers won’t meet their demands by 2010, she said, and more than half acknowledge an urgent need to transform and modernize their data centers today.
HP is in an ideal position today to provide that next-generation data center. One of every three servers shipping today (and every other blade) is an HP server; the company ships a server every 13 seconds, and a Linux server every minute.
Livermore said that with the acquisition of EDS, HP is now the world’s second-largest IT services organization. Meanwhile, HP’s software business makes it the world’s sixth-largest enterprise software company. Finally, Livermore discussed how HP is developing hardware for cloud computing and green IT. She described HP’s Performance-Optimized Data Center (the HP POD), a 40-foot shipping container holding a self-contained, scalable, flexible computing environment with up to 22 racks.
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