LAS VEGAS: HP has revealed its strategy for Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which will focus on helping companies move from traditional IT infrastructures to hybrid cloud models.
Speaking at its Discover event in Las Vegas this week, chief executive Meg Whitman confirmed that the firm will split into two separate entities as of 1 November 2015. HP had previously said it was on track to achieve the division by November, but Whitman has now put a firm stake in the ground.
Splitting the company into two separate businesses, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc, is aimed at giving HP's enterprise arm greater scope to help customers move away from traditional IT.
"Apps and data are everywhere and that's why infrastructure isn't one size fits all anymore. It isn't just in your data centre, it isn't just in the cloud," she said.
"Your infrastructure just has to be everywhere at the right cost, with the right service offering, at the right performance with the right management at the right scale."
Whitman explained that HP will deliver infrastructure built on components that can be composed and recomposed quickly and easily to meet the shifting demands of the applications driving an enterprise.
"One of the first steps in achieving this flexibility and agility is to break down the old infrastructure silos that make enterprises adverse to new ideas internally and vulnerable to new ideas externally," she added.
"It's no good designing new kinds of experiences and services if your infrastructure cannot support them. The right compute platform can have a significant impact on business outcomes and performance."
Whitman said that Hewlett Packard Enterprise will deliver this through a strategy made up of four components: transform, protect, empower and enable.
The 'transform' approach, a running theme throughout the keynote, is focused on helping enterprises to move away from traditional IT infrastructures and make use of cloud services that have a direct and positive impact on business processes.
"Infrastructure matters more than ever in this world, but we need a new kind of infrastructure, a hybrid foundation that maximises performance and cost. We help you build the cloud that works for you, one that scales and works with your infrastructure," explained Whitman.
This will involve making use of existing investments in on-premise systems and hardware, and merging it with public and private cloud-based services to create a hybrid infrastructure.
'Protect' relates to securing these hybrid models and the data they carry with HP's backup systems and its more traditional cyber security products and services.
The idea is to provide security without compromising the flexibility and speed of cloud deployments for enterprises.
The 'empower' part involves HP helping customers to make the most of their big data and analytics, which it claims needs to be integrated with an enterprise's business processes and not carried out on separate IT systems.
'Enable' is effectively Hewlett Packard Enterprise's mobility strategy which involves establishing systems and approaches that allow customers to embrace remote and flexible working in a secure and effective way without dictating techniques and regulations to the end user.
"These four transformation areas represent our view of where the market is headed and what our customers will need," said Whitman. "They are part of what Hewlett Packard Enterprise will deliver."
Evidence of HP's move towards this strategy can be seen in the announcement of HP CloudSystem 9.0, which helps bridge the legacy and cloud native worlds.
Whitman did not go into much detail on where HP Inc is heading, although she did note that the firm would aim to innovate its hardware division with technology such as HP Sprout.
Various senior HP executives said throughout the keynote that the company's split will help the company to offer more effective products and services to customers, while avoiding the topic of the thumping cost HP will face over its division.
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