'Everything' as a service future means transforming IT for efficiency, scale, says HP's Livermore
Las Vegas: Hewlett-Packard opened its Tech Form 2009 conference here Monday evening with a portrait of a future in which everything in IT is delivered—and perhaps consumed—as a service.
Executive Vice President for HP's Technology Solutions Group (TSG),
said the recession and technology advances have combined to offer a new era in computing, one where a hybrid of sourcing and delivery means moves all IT assets to the level of a service.
identified three mega trends now buffeting the IT landscape:
Information explosion, Everything as a Service, and Data Center
HP expects that after a 12-month period of
operational optimization initiatives that CIOs will also seek more
transformative IT functional delivery improvements, including such
next-generation data center bulwarks as consolidation, automation, and
virtualization. [Disclosure: HP is a sponsor of BriefingsDirect
But CIOs and IT managers will also see more
infrastructure, application development, applications, data, business
intelligence, and IT management delivered as services, either from
on-premises next-generation data centers, services abstracted from
legacy systems, via outsourced IT operations and also from a growing
ecology of third-party cloud providers.
In addition, Livermore
said that providing such IT services, via HP's acquisition of EDS, now
accounts for the majority of HP's revenues. "Services is now HP's
biggest business," she said.
The current goal then for IT is to
manage IT operations for cost efficiency and performance optimization
while preparing for a transformation to the "everything" services
In a hint of a building tussle with Cisco, Livermore
says much more is to come from HP in networking equipment and
solutions. "We'll be more aggressive ... we're serious," she said.
Cisco has entered HP's server business turf, and HP has been providing
more of Cisco's core of networking equipment to the market. A market
clash is under way. Brocade, a Cisco competitor, is a major sponsor of
this years Tech Form conference.
See more about what went on during the keynote in a live stream by doing a Twitter search on #HPTF.
keynote address also emphasized energy conservation as an essential
ingredient of today's IT operations. If you don't transform your data
center, you'll find yourself running out of electricity in few years,
she told the attendees. I believe that.
Keynote speaker Paul
Miller, HP Vice President of Enterprise Servers and Storage Marketing,
sees strong growth for HP in virtualization, private cloud, and
"Extreme ScaleOut" products.
So much so that he introduced a new product, HP Extreme ScaleOut server,
a powerful pooled resource server that can be managed as a cloud, and
which helps conserve energy, space and costs. The devise is based on
ProLiant SL technology, but is "skinless," meaning it fits into racks
for much less weight, waste, and footprint. Mean and Green was the
Furthermore, Miller says "storage as a service" is
coming from HP that works like a storage area network (SAN), but with
far less complexity, to works like a private cloud, with much lower
total storage cost.
Lastly, Prith Banerjee, Senior Vice
President and Research Director of HP Labs, provided a fascinating look
at HP research efforts in eight areas:
Digital commercial printing
Sustainability (ie, Green IT)
If you have a chance to watch Banerjee's presentation online, I highly recommend it.
major take-away from the presentations was that HP, and much of the IT
industry, now knows what needs to be done to make IT enter its next
era. It's all pretty clear. But getting there ... that's the rub. And
to fail is to probably die as a competitive organization.