HP plans cloud, WebOS on PCs

March 15, 2011 // By Rick Merritt
HP plans cloud, WebOS on PCs
Hewlett-Packard will launch its own cloud service marketplace, pre-load WebOS on its PCs and printers and roll out system for business analytics using software it is acquiring from Vertica Systems. "We intend to be the platform for cloud and connectivity," said Leo Apotheker in his first major strategy speech since being named chief executive 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 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.


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