HP looking forward to 2013

by Darinia Khongwir    Dec 12, 2012

HP Office
The beleaguered Hewlett-Packard has had a tough year indeed. But it is trying to gloss it over by introducing a host of new things in the past three months – with its new range of Itanium servers and innovations in its converged storage portfolio.

When quizzed about its past acquisitions and how far it has been able to leverage it, HP was quite tight-lipped on the matter. On its PALM acquisition, Neelam Dhawan, MD, HP said: “We acquired the product around three years ago. Last year we decided to put it on open source. So, the technology and operating environment is available on open source for people to use it. I can’t comment further on it.”

This Dhawan said on the sidelines of HP’s India announcement of new innovations for its Converged Storage portfolio, in Bangalore on Wednesday. This marks the launch of HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 series, which will be available in India for SMBs and enterprises.

As for partnering with more companies in India for Cloud, Dhawan said HP already has three CloudAgile Service partners in India. “For new partners in Cloud, we have not zeroed in on anyone as yet. However, we are looking into it depending on what we need the Cloud for – emails, data storage etc,.” said Dhawan.

Dhawan also agreed that HP is glad 2012 is coming to an end as it is looking forward to the dawn of the New Year with much hope. “I am glad 2012 is coming to an end. The first six months has been very difficult for us. The economy was badly hit and there was a currency dip versus the US dollar.
This took a huge toll on us. Also, the second half saw us receiving a lot of bad press, which will take some time to resolve,” said Dhawan.

The HP country head is looking forward to the New Year as the Indian rupee is finally looking up and will help industry to recover from its slump. “Also, FDI is being discussed in Parliament. Once it goes through, it will really help the economy to prosper, as enterprise growth is related to the economy. Also, many of the decisions that were pending with the government for the past one year will be taken up in the next year. Therefore, we are very hopeful for a positive outcome,” added Dhawan.