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HP wants to be cloud supermarket

As an increasing number of companies plan to shift their IT services on the cloud, computer giant HP has taken a slew of initiatives that would help the firm maintain its leadership position in cloud computing. Vivek Sinha reports.

business Updated: Oct 22, 2011 16:49 IST
Vivek Sinha

As an increasing number of companies plan to shift their IT services on the cloud, computer giant HP has taken a slew of initiatives that would help the firm maintain its leadership position in cloud computing.

As part of its strategy, HP would offer services and solutions for planning, design and building of cloud data centres, which in turn would empower the service provider companies to deliver IT services on the "cloud" to their client companies.

Cloud computing refers to provision of IT facilities as a utility service over the Internet on a pay-per-use basis. It eliminates the needs for a company to go for licensed software and develop huge data centres for storage of their data.

"The demand and desire of companies to shift their IT operations to cloud is growing and we are ready with our solutions," said Wolfgang Wittmer, interim senior vice president for HP Asia Pacific & Japan. He added that around 56% Indian companies are willing to shift their IT services to cloud and around 58% Chinese companies want to switch over to cloud.

"HP has the data centre transformation expertise in Asia Pacific & Japan, with more than 372,000 square metres of data centre capacity delivered to date," said Wittmer.

HP has also earmarked around $2 billion (Rs 10,000 crore) to finance cloud-based projects for a company. Under this, a company that wants to shift to cloud can avail financial aid from HP and choose a payment plan that can allow it to build their cloud environments without large upfront capital expenditures.

(The writer's travel and stay was sponsored by HP)