China Tech News — Kingsoft Cloud has reached a deal with HP to provide medical, banking, and gaming industry customers with platform and application services based on private and mixed clouds. As both companies have private cloud businesses in China, Zhang Hongjiang, chief executive officer of Kingsoft, said HP has a deep understanding of the Chinese market.
MIS Asia — HP is growing its HP Helion Network in Asia-Pacific and Japan with the addition of 50 channel partners, system integrators (SIs), service providers, independent software vendors (ISVs), and developers to the program. These businesses will be working with HP to deliver open standards-based hybrid Cloud services designed specifically to customer needs. Some of these 50 businesses include Triforce, Oriel and Klikon in Australia, Valuepoint Group, PC Solutions and Shro Systems in India, and Asys, Eden T&S and BayNex in Korea.
Chinese server manufacturer Inspur launched a campaign on June 9 to attract clients of Hewlett-Packard following the American company’s recent announcement of a plan to restructure its Chinese operations, Chinese business news website Caixin reports. Shenzhen-based Inspur unveiled the campaign in Beijing, in which the company plans to work with 200 independent software vendors (ISVs) and system integrators (Sis) of HP’s Superdome server and migrate 400 applications to its rival product, TianSuo K1.
Unisplendour Corporation Limited, a subsidiary of Tsinghua Holdings, will acquire a 51% stake in H3C from Hewlett-Packard for at about USD2.3 billion. The transaction is expected to close at the end of 2015 and it is still subject to the approvals of Unisplendour’s board of directors and related government authorities. According to the agreement signed by the two parties, the new H3C includes H3C Technologies and HP’s China-based server, storage and technology services businesses, which are valued at about USD4.5 billion (net of cash and debt).
In the first quarter of 2015, worldwide server shipments grew 13% on year, while revenues increased 17.9% from the first quarter of 2014, according to Gartner. “The first quarter of 2015 was a particularly strong start to the year, with the strongest shipment growth since the third quarter of 2010, when the market was recovering from the downturn. It was also the second-largest-volume quarter ever,” said Adrian O’Connell, research director at Gartner.
NEW YORK: Hewlett-Packard (HP) has announced that it is selling a 51% stake in its China-based server business, creating a joint venture with Tsinghua Holdings that will be a sector leader in China. The US tech giant said it would sell the stake for $2.3 billion, creating a new business called H3C worth $4.5 billion that would be the leader in China in computer servers, storage and technology services. The deal brings together HP with the investment arm of China’s Tsinghua University in a company with some 8,000 employees and $3.1 billion in annual revenue.
HP and Lenovo will share in a $250 million desktop, notebook and tablet contract for the NSW Department of Education & Communities (DEC). Each PC maker has secured a $125 million deal with DEC, set to run until the end of 2017, with the option of two one-year extensions. The supply panel spans 2200 NSW public schools with 750,000 students, plus 130 TAFE campuses across NSW with 500,000 students. Public schools must buy from the panel, but TAFEs have discretion to purchase from other state contract suppliers.
The third version of China’s data center server technology standard project led by China-based Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent are set to be announced at the end of 2015 and the project will cover more standards and adopt a modularized design to help reduce China data centers’ server purchasing costs, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. China launched the first version of the project in 2012 and the second in 2014 and the project is rather similar to the Open Compute Project (OCP) that Facebook has been aggressively promoting.
Hewlett-Packard (HP) has recently unveiled its new Cloudline series cloud computing servers, manufactured and developed by Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) and the two firms’ cooperation is expected to fuel competition in the datacenter server industry in the second half of 2015, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. HP currently has three server models under its Cloudline series all using Intel’s Xeon E5 V3 processors and has started accepting orders for them since the end of March.
Hewlett-Packard (HP) recently announced cooperation with Taiwan-based Accton Technology to sell switches matched with software developed by Silicon Valley-based Cumulus Networks. The agreement is expected to increase the reliability of white-box data center servers produced by Taiwan-based makers, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.
As the mobile channel becomes an increasingly important access point for government services, HP has launched a new Software-as-a-Service solution to improve the way government agencies monitor their mobile apps. HP AppPulse Active monitors the performance of both native apps and browser-based apps, allowing IT departments to see service levels in real time – rather than when it is too late and a fault has already occurred.
In the third quarter of 2014, the New Zealand PC market shipments came in at 187,000 units, according to IDC’s Asia/Pacific Quarterly tracker. This resulted in a year over year growth of 12.9%, which was more than IDC’s forecast by 3.8%. The top five New Zealand PC vendors are Dell, Toshiba, Apple and Acer Group, but HP remained the market leader by a significant amount.
LinkedIn China recently announced that Yu Zhiwei, former vice president of China HP, has joined the company as marketing vice president. Yu will directly report to Shen Boyang, LinkedIn global vice president and China president. According to Shen, LinkedIn China’s executive team will continue to maintain its localization trend and its overall strength has been further enhanced. With the joining of Yu, LinkedIn China will accelerate business expansion, especially in the enterprise customer sector.
[SAN FRANCISCO] Hewlett-Packard has begun sounding out private-equity firms in China to buy its corporate-networking business in the country, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the situation. HP is expected to sell at least 51 per cent of the business, H3C Technologies Co, which could be worth roughly US$5 billion in a full sale, the business daily said. HP declined to comment on the report.
As demand for data center hardware in Europe has started growing strong recently, server players including Hewlett-Packard (HP), Dell and Quanta Computer have been aggressively investing resources in the market, looking to land orders, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. The sources pointed out that most Internet service players such as Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft used to offer their services mainly in North America, making the region the focus of server players.
Hewlett-Packard (HP) won’t be left behind Acer and Toshiba as it announced new pair of competitive Chromebooks today. The HP Chromebooks come in two screen sizes; 11-inch and 14-inch. The 11-inch model seems like a big leap from its predecessor. Previously, HP used the ARM-based Exynos processor but now uses Intel’s Bay Trail Celeron processor. It also features 4 GB of RAM from 2 GB. It’s expected to have a 1366 x 768 screen resolution; 16 GB file storage with additional 100GB of Google Drive space and an improved battery that lasts for more than eight hours.
Tech giant Hewlett-Packard opened a multi-million-dollar facility in Tuas yesterday that will boost its commercial printing service. The plant expands HP’s Indigo ink manufacturing capability and is expected to quadruple production when it comes online next year. HP has a similar facility in Israel. The new two-storey plant also has a Centre of Excellence where HP and its customers and suppliers can exchange ideas and co-develop new digital printing solutions.
While the server market has been growing at a flat rate for several quarters the world over, India and the Asia Pacific region are the only markets showing promise. Market leader HP is betting on India for better prospects in the segment, a top company official said. Growing popularity of cloud computing, virtualisation and big data is boosting the server market in India, where blade servers and micro servers have been major growth drivers.
The cloud land grab (cloud grab?) in China continued this week with news that Hewlett-Packard inked a deal with a local provider to build and operate HP Helion–based clouds for Chinese customers. Beijing UnionRead Information Technology Ltd., the local partner, is a big CDN and hybrid cloud operator in China and gives HP the “feet on the street” that U.S. companies need to build presence in this key market. Microsoft Azure is in China courtesy of its partnership with 21Vianet, for example. In December, Amazon Web Services said it’s working with multiple partners, including ChinaNetCenter and SINNET, to bring its planned China Region online.
US-based information and communication technology (ICT) company Hewlett-Packard (HP) is targeting customers from small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the public sector in Indonesia, considering these market segments to be the nation’s most robust. HP senior vice president and general manager of Enterprise Group for Asia-Pacific and Japan, Jim Merritt, said his company views developing markets like Indonesia as an engine of growth.