HP's plan to break into two separate companies next year will help its efforts to gain a foothold in the emerging market for enterprise cloud computing services, wrote Technology Business Research (TBR) analyst Cassandra Mooshian in a report on HP's latest quarterly results, issued last week.
With a greater emphasis on the cloud, HP Enterprise is expected to be able to more quickly ramp up new offerings and will be able to work with a wider array of technology partners, which will be essential given the heterogeneous array of technologies that customers prefer for the cloud.
HP faces some stiff competition in the arena of data analysis services. Microsoft is launching a set of machine-learning APIs for its Azure cloud service. IBM continues to aggressively commercialize the technologies built around its Watson cognitive computing technology stack. Google has also commercialized its own software for analyzing terabyte-size data tables, in a service called BigQuery.
HP's new OnDemand services are one of a number of product updates that the company is announcing at its Barcelona conference.
The company is updating the HP ArcSight ESM (Enterprise Security Management) software to handle big data repositories -- the new HP ArcSight ESM 6.8c will be available in January. HP has released a new bundle for content management, one that combines HP StoreAll, HP ControlPoint, HP Records Manager and HP Haven analytics for managing the full lifecycle of corporate information.
HP also announced that it will start incorporating Chef, a popular open source IT automation software, into its HP Datacenter Care line of technology integration services, potentially providing a way for customers to more quickly and reconfigure their IT resources.
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