"HP intends to build and run an HP cloud," Apotheker told an audience of financial analysts and press at the Yerba Buena Center here. "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 are now in the works and will be delivered within weeks of when the deal is expected to close, roughly in June.