Sums up the entire HP product line really.
Nothing more than a glorified reseller. It's a pity to see a once great innovating company reduced to a respray/OEM operation.. and the ink of course.
A senior HDS blogger says HP has added no value to its OEM'd P9500 storage array and that its supposedly unique APEX storage service level software isn't unique at all: HDS does the same thing. HDS (Hitachi Data Systems) is a wholly-owned Hitachi subsidiary responsible for selling and supporting Hitachi storage and server …
Glorified reseller?? HP now owns all the key technology that it sells - X9000, D2D, P4000, EVA and now 3PAR are all HP IP and, judging on the messaging at an event I went to last week, core to HP's strategy moving forward. You're going to see 3PAR squeezing the XP into a much smaller customer base. HDS are in trouble, make no mistake. A niche vendor in an increasingly converged marketplace. SUN have dropped the USP, HP will surely be selling 3PAR in a lot of places where they would have sold XP so HDS is pushing to be the only option for customers needing USP technology. BUT the key issue is, so few customers really need it or can afford it now. So the article says that HP do have a unique for HP-UX customers with the P9500. Where do HDS think HP have been selling most of their XP's for the past god knows how many years? I also think HDS will find that the updated management console was developed in conjunction with HP. So both HP and HDS's versions benefit but it's more than just a reseller r'ship. It might not be a differentiator for HP but what is HDS' differentiator?
I think you'll find that the Storwize V7000 is not a 100% IBM product and is based on OEM Xyratex storage arrays. Get your facts straight before leaping to a misguided defence. So IBM's entire mid-range portfolio is built using non-IBM parts - DS5000 from LSI, nSeries from NetApp and V7000 from Xyratex.
Coward, you fail to understand what OEM means.
In OEM terms, you take a box, and stick your own badge on it.
Taking something that you design, get a 3rd party to manufacture, then run your own software on it and control your own destinty is not OEM in the way you suggest the LSI and NetApp relationships are/was.
Be sure to understand what it is you say before you leap to a misguided offense.
We maintain relations (ooh-er, missus!) with about a dozen-plus multi-vendor, enterprise resellers worldwide, just about all of which have mentioned this year that HDS has been on the phone promising them the life of Reilly if they sign up as HDS resellers. It seems HDS have finally got off their backsides and decided they need some market presence, and slagging off hp just seems a part of that move. Not surprising really - if hp do replace the XP range with 3PAR-based products then HDS will want to try and poach some of the old XP customers whilst they are on a platform that HDS can pitch against.
But, as an enterprise hp-ux customer, I'm much more interested in getting my storage from the people whom actually know what hp-ux does under the hood, whether I use the hp-ux bits in APEX or not. The last time we entertained an HDS team they didn't even know what MirrorDisk was - not confidence buliding! I don't know what the figures are but I suspect a lot of the enterprise-level customers that currently have XPs also have hp-ux, not just Windows or Linux.
You havent't really understood how APEX works.
HDS Server Priority Manager will only limit IOs of non prioritized servers on the USP / VSP ports. That's all.
APEX enables you to define service level objectives and allows setting QoS levels like max latency in ms and min IOPS or min MB/s for certain servers. You can define up to 16 priority values based on bandwidth and latency.
The IOs are controlled in the server IO driver stack rather than on the XP / P9500 port.
Let's say an application A has been definde to achive a max IO latency of 10ms (measured at the server level). The other servers and applications do only get restricted if it is required to achieve the <10ms for App A.
Other important and unique solutions HP adds to the P9500 are the metropolitan clustering solutions HP Metrocluster for Serviceguard on HP-UX and HP Cluster Extension for MSCS on Windows, RedHat Cluster and Suse Cluster on Linux, HACMP on AIX and VCS on Solaris.
HP Inc is piloting a paper delivery service for Instant Ink subscribers as it looks to increase the amount of profit it can wring from customers.
The world is going to print fewer and fewer pages now that employees work from both the office and home, so achieving a greater "share of wallet", as it is often referred to by tech execs, is top of mind for print vendors.
According to IDC, some 2.8 trillion pages were printed in 2020, down 14 percent year-on-year (or 450 million fewer sheets) but it may recover to some degree.
Orders for PCs are forecast to shrink in 2022 as consumers confront rising inflation, the war in Ukraine, and lockdowns in parts of the world critical to the supply chain, all of which continue.
So says IDC, which forecast shipments to decline 8.2 percent year-on-year to 321.2 million units during this calendar year. This follows three straight years of growth, the last of which saw units shipped rise to 348.8 million.
Things might be taking a turn for the worse but they are far from disastrous for an industry revived by the pandemic when PCs became the center of many people's universe. Shipments are still forecast to come in well above the pre-pandemic norms; 267 million units were shipped in 2019.
PC and printer giant HP Inc. is boldly but belatedly turning its back on Russia and Belarus due to the continued conflict in Ukraine.
HP was among the first wave of tech companies to suspend shipments to the countries soon after Russia invaded its neighbor on February 24, but now the company's president and CEO Enrique Lores is making the move more permanent.
"Considering the COVID environment and long-term outlook for Russia, we have decided to stop our Russia activity and have begun the process of fully winding down our operations," he said on a Q2 earnings call with analysts.
HP's cybersecurity folks have uncovered an email campaign that ticks all the boxes: messages with a PDF attached that embeds a Word document that upon opening infects the victim's Windows PC with malware by exploiting a four-year-old code-execution vulnerability in Microsoft Office.
Booby-trapping a PDF with a malicious Word document goes against the norm of the past 10 years, according to the HP Wolf Security researchers. For a decade, miscreants have preferred Office file formats, such as Word and Excel, to deliver malicious code rather than PDFs, as users are more used to getting and opening .docx and .xlsx files. About 45 percent of malware stopped by HP's threat intelligence team in the first quarter of the year leveraged Office formats.
"The reasons are clear: users are familiar with these file types, the applications used to open them are ubiquitous, and they are suited to social engineering lures," Patrick Schläpfer, malware analyst at HP, explained in a write-up, adding that in this latest campaign, "the malware arrived in a PDF document – a format attackers less commonly use to infect PCs."
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has taken up a double-digit stake in PC and print biz HP Inc's stock worth about $4.2 billion, a move that sent the company's share price up by 10 percent.
The purchase, confirmed in a SEC filing by the investment vehicle on 6 April, saw roughly 121 million HP shares shift over to the new owner in what can be seen as a vote of confidence in the residual value of HP. This equates to a circa 11.4 percent ownership of the company.
"Berkshire Hathaway is one of the world's most respected investors and we welcome them as an investor in HP," the world's largest printer and second largest PC brand said.
HP Inc sees the future of its business as one supporting a workforce partially based at home and partially in the office, and appears to have bought office telecom giant Poly for that reason.
Formerly known as Plantronics, Poly changed its name shortly after it acquired Polycom in 2018. HP didn't mention in its acquisition announcement whether or not it would keep the Poly brand separate, but it's still early: the deal is not expected to close until the end of the 2022 calendar year.
HP described the $3.3 billion purchase ($40 per share) as a bid to refocus its portfolio on growth and take advantage of what it said is a massive growth opportunity due to the likely permanence of hybrid work.
The APAC region's market for traditional PCs - desktops notebooks and workstations - grew 15.9 per cent year-on-year in 2021 to 120.3 million units, but shipments appear to have peaked according to analyst firm IDC.
Notebooks topped 2021's sales charts, growing 17.5 per cent year-on-year to 77.3 million shipments while desktops grew by 11.8 per cent to 41 million.
"The Asia Pacific region benefited from significantly improved supply in the second half of 2021," said IDC analyst Matthew Ong. "With slowing demand in mature economies like the United States, PC vendors began to prioritize countries in Asia/Pacific, which led to much-needed backlog order fulfillments and inventory replenishments."
A now-former HP finance planning manager pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges of wire fraud, money laundering, and filing false tax returns that follow from the misappropriation of company funds.
According to the US Justice Department, Shelbee Szeto, 30, of Fremont, California, worked at HP Inc from August 2017 through June 2021, first as an executive assistant and then as a finance planning manager.
During that time, she was responsible for paying HP vendors. As described in her indictment, HP issued employees with commercial credit cards called procurement cards, or PCards. Corporate policy said these were not to be used for personal expenses.
Paragon of packetry HP has acquired Choose Packaging, inventor of a zero-plastic paper bottle.
Choose's patented tech can hold a variety of liquids and represents an alternative to plastic bottles. "There are more than 150 million tons of single-use plastics produced each year," said the printer and laptop maker, "and HP intends to disrupt this market with fiber-based, 100 per cent plastic-free packaging."
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, although a glimpse at the Edinburgh-based company's website shows it considers its products both "biodegradable" and "sustainable."
Chromebook shipments collapsed in calendar Q4 as the channel – with an eye on market saturation – ordered in lower volumes and PC makers moved available components to higher-margin builds running on Windows.
Unit sales into distributors and retailers plunged 63.6 per cent globally to 4.8 million Chromebooks, says IDC. This is the second quarter in a row that sales of the skinny portables have shrunk.
"Much of the initial demand for Chromebooks has been satiated in primary markets like the US and Europe and this has led to a slowdown in overall shipments," said Jitesh Ubrani, research manager at IDC.
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