Where now for HP's Cloud strategy?

Computing giant Hewlett Packard (HP) has reported a staggering dive in Q4 profits of 91% following a tough year that saw the manufacturer sack its CEO, then ditch its WebOS business in favour of a focus on software and cloud computing infrastructure.

But with a number of key decisions reversed, dropped and discontinued, one could be forgiven for doubting the firm’s stated direction. So where does the world’s largest technology company see itself heading now after a most confusing twelve months?

In what was a...

By Matt Henkes, 22 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Forecasts, Hardware, Industry, M&A.

Hardware manufacturers struggle in cloud-friendly market

Cloud computing related businesses are performing strongly while hardware manufacturers are struggling as businesses increasingly spend their money on Cloud-based platforms rather than PC systems, analysts have said.

When the latest financial reporting season kicks off next week, Cloud-based businesses, including Intel Corp and EMC, are expected to report a boost to in revenue, as people choose remote data storage and create their own servers with the help of businesses like VMware.

However, computer...

By Dani Millward, 17 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Economy, Hardware.

An Apple a Day

I was sad to hear yesterday about the passing of Steve Jobs. He was a man with a vision and a dream and he certainly changed the way regular people interact with their computers. I’m sure Apple will survive, but he will be missed.

Thinking back about my own experience with Apple, I recall the initially painful move from the Microsoft Windows world. It can be a bit...

By Arthur Hicken, 07 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Hardware, Industry.

Cloud: IT in 3D?

While watching TV the other night, I saw several trailers for movies, all of which advertised “in 3D.”  This got me thinking about how 3D and the move toward cloud computing share similar stories.

3D was first utilized in film in the 1950s, but because of several factors, the format was not widely adopted until almost 40 years later.  Even then, the application of 3D in feature films was relegated to a niche market.  Only more recently, with advances in technology, standardization...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 28 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumer, Economy, Enterprise, Forecasts, Hardware, IaaS, Industry, PaaS, SaaS .

The Wrong Tool: Test before you buy

Did you ever buy something, only to find out that it just wasn’t quite right for you? I don’t mean the usual buyer’s remorse over a large purchase, like a new car. I mean you bought a sports car, and somehow missed the fact that you like to haul your motorcycle to the desert on weekends. Oops!

Not surprisingly, you’ll find people do this frequently with small purchase, for example apps for your phone. You’re hoping for a specific utility, you read a description, it sounds right...

By Arthur Hicken, 21 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Consumer, Developers, Enterprise, Hardware, M&A.

Power Over Ethernet, PoE Plus and the Weather Channel

In light of the recent weather conditions, I thought I would write up a short take for Journey to the Cloud on Power over Ethernet (PoE).  Over the last decade there have been several variations of PoE – starting with the proprietary (heard this story before) and moving to a standards-based solution.  This doesn’t mean that the confusion has gone away.  

The original standards-based PoE was classified under the 802.3af specification.  These...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 09 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Hardware, Industry, Infrastructure.