08 July, 2010

HP to roll out cloud computing solutions for key verticals

Hewlett-Packard (HP) India has adopted a micro-market strategy for its small and medium enterprise business SMB), whereby it plans to roll out cloud computing-based solutions around key verticals like healthcare, retail and education. For this, HP has partnered with 150 Indian software companies and has already developed 8-10 critical applications.HP now plans to scale this up at a rapid pace and wishes to commercialise at least 30 to 40 specialised critical applications targeted at the various verticals in the Indian market. It wants to bundle these applications along with hardware to its SMB customers in India.

“We feel the current strategy will be a compelling solution for the SMB segment in India, as it will reduce their total cost of ownership with respect to IT infrastructure. It will also increase our offering in the cloud computing space, which is the future,”said HP India’s country head (converged infrastructure — enterprise business) Santanu Ghose

Estimates suggest the adoption of IT in the Indian SMB market is much less though it can account for up to 50-60% of the over-all market. HP on rolled out a new range of servers and storage solutions for the SMBs. This includes a new range of server which can consolidate the requirement of 20 servers into a single one. “This is in line with present day customer requirements whereby they want solutions that remove layers of complexity and excess equipment,” said Mr Ghose.