HP unveils new server strategy, platform designed for 'Compute Era'

Summary:The Compute Era -- which the tech world appears to be entering as we speak, according to HP -- boils down to the transformation of traditional server silos into pools of processing resources.

Wrapping up what has been a very busy month for Hewlett-Packard, the tech giant unveiled its new server strategy and platform, inspired by what HP defined as the "Compute Era."

According to HP, the Compute Era -- which the tech world appears to be entering as we speak -- boils down to the transformation of traditional server silos into pools of processing resources.

To facilitate this, HP's new ProLiant Gen9 platform is comprised of a common modular architecture and converged management across servers, storage and networking to provide software-defined pools of assets that can be shared by many applications and managed-as-a-service.

The HP ProLiant Gen9 Servers span four architectures (blade, rack, tower and scale-out) while incorporating some of HP's existing enterprise offerings, such as HP-unique PCIe accelerators and HP DDR4 SmartMemory to boost compute capacity as well as HP SmartCache and HP FlexFabric adapters for amped-up performance.

In return, business customers are promised faster results for multiple workloads at lower costs along with more mobile services for employees.

Scheduled to ship worldwide on September 8, pricing will vary by customer configuration.

Earlier this week , HP introduced one of its new approaches to selling big data. Dubbed Business Intelligence Modernization Services, the new package is designed to support companies looking to revamp their own big data and business intelligence return plans as well.

The key differentiator, as postulated by HP, is that this line of services can be customized and tailored to each enterprise customer before shipping.

HP also trotted out a series of technologies for software-defined datacenters, including storage offerings and a new entry-level all-flash array.

To cap it all off, HP pleased (and maybe even shocked a few) investors earlier this month with a surprise uptick in revenue .

Non-GAAP earnings were 89 cents per share on a revenue of $27.6 billion, up just a point from the same time last year.

Wall Street was looking for earnings of 89 cents per share with revenue of $27.01 billion.

Always one to speak frankly while reiterating HP's long road to recovery, CEO Meg Whitman told shareholders at the time that she is "pleased with the progress" HP has been making.

However, not everything can be sunshine and rainbows in this new cloud world.

On Wednesday , HP was pressed to launch a worldwide voluntary recall for up to 6 million AC power cords distributed with HP and Compaq notebooks, mini notebooks, and some docking stations sold between September 2010 and June 2012.

HP and Compaq laptop users wishing to obtain a replacement can visit the company's safety recall and replacement program page.

Topics: Hardware, Data Management, Enterprise Software, Hewlett-Packard, Processors


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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