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HP: We're holding nothing back from partners now, coos firm

The new, channel-friendlier HP - jolted into action by CEO Meg Whitman and losing the PC crown to Lenovo - is trying to help rather than hinder partners efforts to build global sales business with customers. A year ago Whitman told a gathering of resellers, integrators and providers of services at its global partner knees-up …
Paul Kunert, 08 Apr 2014
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HP parts with sales director Richard Logan

HP sales director Richard Logan is exiting the organisation as the printer and PCs business units collide, say channel sources close to the vendor. The shake-up at the top of the Printing and Personal Systems (PPS) biz began some months ago with Eric Cador, EMEA head of the PC division, bagging the most senior role in the region …
Paul Kunert, 09 Jul 2012

HP installs UK cloud overlord to get its cumulus in one sock

HP has hoisted Business Critical Server boss Michael Clifford into a newly created role intended to join-up its cloud services portfolio. Businesses are gradually taking the leap to migrate to an off-premises IT delivery model but the cloud remains one of the most over-hyped sectors in an industry known for marketing bluster. …
Paul Kunert, 20 Sep 2012
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HP UK PC team baying for rivals' blood

HP UK's PSG team is unsurprisingly eager to put to bed the disastrous events of the past few months and go on the offensive. CEO Meg Whitman vowed to make a decision on the future ownership of PSG by the end of this month, and that HP is keeping the unit is not a huge surprise, neither is the fact it will have another stab at …
Paul Kunert, 28 Oct 2011
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HP sued by own sales reps

IT vendors are often not much better than their customers when it comes to doing information technology, and sometimes, they are worse. This appears to be the case with a sales force commission tracking system called Omega used by Hewlett-Packard, which has screwed up commissions so badly that three former employees of the …
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HP Pre 3 punters peeved as expected price cut is a no show

HP attempted to sell off the remaining stocks of its Pre 3 WebOS smartphone last week, but eager anticipation that it would do so at a dirt cheap price were not met, much to annoyance of a number of Reg Hardware readers who were told they'll have to cough up the full price. Having sold its TouchPad tablet for just £89 the …
Tony Smith, 30 Aug 2011
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HP and Violin build Oracle Exadata killer

HP is using flash from Violin Memory to create Oracle Exadata-killing high-performance data base systems. This follows on from the fiasco of Oracle allegedly preventing HP from submitting a good TPC-C benchmark based on an HP DL980 server enhanced with Violin Memory's flash storage. As you can see in the 62-slide deck1 HP's …
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2011
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HP plugs CloudSystem into Amazon and other heavens

Hewlett-Packard is expanding its CloudSystem private cloud platform beyond the corporate firewall to service providers itching to make some dough on this cloud computing razzmatazz. If you were expecting Hewlett-Packard to make big announcements at its Discover 2011 event in Las Vegas concerning its rumored Scalene public cloud …
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iPad grabs lunch money from mobile PCs, pushes them in the stingers

iPad sales trounced sales for netbooks and notebooks in the first quarter of 2012 pushing Apple to the dominant position in the mobile PC market, show new figures from analysts NPD. NPD ran together tablets with netbooks and notebook PCs in their "Mobile PC category" and skyrocketing iPad sales of 13.6 million in the first three …
Anna Leach, 22 May 2012
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HP blackens the skies with Cloud offerings

As El Reg previously reported, HP this morning announced a private cloud stack of integrated servers, storage, switches, systems management tools, and virtualization hypervisors called CloudSystem. The CloudSystem setup is comprised of the BladeSystem Matrix blade servers, announced in April 2009, ironically on the same day that …

Reseller giant Systemax bleeds red ink in Q1 of 'turnaround year'

Misfiring reseller big gun Systemax has seen poor results in the first quarter of calendar 2013 - which is supposed to be its turnaround year. In its efforts to recover, the business has slashed European jobs, shuttered US PC factories and axed retail brands. The ailing firm, branded as Misco in Europe, saw sales decline 3.6 per …
Paul Kunert, 01 May 2013
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HP installs Barre as EMEA channel chief

Antoine Barre has taken over as vice president of Hewlett Packard's channel organisation in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Barre is not a completely new face to the channel. He previously headed up HP's Personal Systems Group in both Europea and the US, and brings with him 15 years of Compaq and HP sales and marketing …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Mar 2007
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Parallels forms Windows containers on HP's Itanium servers

Parallels is giving some delayed attention to Hewlett-Packard's Integrity servers today. The OS virtualization house has now certified Virtuozzo Containers to run in tandem with Windows on the Integrity server line — a healthy three years after Parallels (then SWsoft) did the same for Linux. This is not what coach calls good …
Austin Modine, 02 Jul 2008
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Star Trek: The original computer game

Ah, the simple pleasures of the earliest computer games - and you don’t get much earlier than 1971. As Star Trek: Into Darkness warps onto UK cinema screens this weekend, we look back at not only the first attempt to bring the franchise to computer screens, but what was arguably one of the most popular, certainly the most …
Tony Smith, 03 May 2013
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Magirus claims 'head start' from EMC on VSPEX private cloud

EMC is promoting Magirus as the go-to distributor for VSPEX after it certified 14 configurations that can be assembled at its Euro facility. The converged infrastructure – a pure channel play aimed at mid-market users – is "more flexible" than VCE's Vblock or Net App's Flex Pod, said Philippe Fossé, EMC veep for EMEA channels. …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jun 2012
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Euro Q4 sales boom points to record Xmas notebook sales

Christmas 2003 may be shaping up as a boom time for notebook sales, with early figures suggesting high demand for portable PCs, market watcher Context has said. According to Context research, UK retailers and mail order suppliers sold 31 per cent more notebooks in November than they did in the same month last year. For the UK, …
Tony Smith, 02 Jan 2004
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Crap HP sales reps get new cars

Carly Fiorina, the $90m Woman, is to let her top US salespeople choose their "own" cars, in a radical shakeup at HP. HP’s American Unix systems sales reps are performing like dogs -- and their (fleet) cars are to blame. They have to drive around in Ford Tauruses, poor things. This symbolises HP’s "plodding, conservative culture …
Drew Cullen, 04 Oct 1999
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US drags down HP sales

HP produced sales of $17.9bn for Q1, ended January 31, down slightly on the previous quarter. But cost-cutting fed through to a 49 per cent increase in earnings to $721m. But revenues were less than consensus analyst forecasts of $18.5bn and the reason for this, HP says, is weaker commercial IT spending in the US and Japan. …
Drew Cullen, 26 Feb 2003
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Morse dogged by falling Sun, HP sales

Sales carry on falling at Morse, Europe's biggest Sun dealer, but customers are rejecting other lines too. In its interims out today (but highlighted by the company last month), Morse revealed that Sun hardware sales slumped 36 per cent, while HP, another major mid-range franchise, were down 32 per cent for the six months to …
Drew Cullen, 25 Feb 2003
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HP tops out in Asia

HP has ousted Chinese PC manufacturer Lenovo from the top spot for sales in Asia in the first quarter of 2005. HP sales grew almost 29 per cent year-on-year and it made up 11.7 per cent of the total Asian PC market. Lenovo managed growth of 20 per cent which pushed it into second place with an 11 per cent market share. Lenovo …
John Oates, 25 Apr 2005
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HP plans blade blitz on IBM

A burst of sales from IBM's blade server division has rival HP rattled and ready to retaliate. HP recently reorganized its x86 server sales force in the hopes of selling more of the higher-margin blades, The Register has learned. Steps taken by HP include expanding its x86 sales team and having workers focus primarily on blades …
Ashlee Vance, 24 May 2005
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HP goes to 11 with ProLiant launch

When you are the volume leader in the x64 server racket, as Hewlett-Packard is, you have customers who have all kinds of different needs, and when Intel launches a new processor for the workhorse two-socket portion of the server market, you go broad and you go deep to protect the HP server biz. So it comes as no surprise that HP …

HP-OuterBay merger shows market nous

From where I've been sitting, HP has never had the best track record in enterprise software. The next 'e' never was e-services, and HP has acquired many a product only to let it wither on the vine - Bluestone was a prime example. Meanwhile, the company has struggled to bring together its OpenView service management portfolio …
Jon Collins, 01 Mar 2006
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HP's Superdome is slow seller

Hewlett-Packard has reported net profits of $727 million for its Q1, a 12 per cent fall from the $825 million it made for the period a year earlier. The results matched the lowered expectations HP warned of in January. The company has also said it will only achieve single digit sales growth this year. Sales for the quarter …
Robert Blincoe, 16 Feb 2001
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HP parades Spring 2001 line-up

Hewlett-Packard has spruced up its Pavilion range of consumer PCs and notebooks. The range, out later this month, includes models in the 7000 series - new PCs in this series, the Pavilion 7850 and 7840, are meant to be cheap and small, according to HP. The 7850 retails at $1,049, with Pentium III 933MHz chip, 128MB SDRAM, 40GB …
Linda Harrison, 08 Jan 2001
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EMC stabs HP in the front

Storage company EMC has responded to HP's full frontal attack on it last week by claiming it was being opportunistic for the sake of profit. Last week, HP said EMC Symmetrix technology, which it re-sold for several years, was ageing and proprietary. (Story: EMC and HP: war declared) But Mark Fredrickson, head of global PR at EMC …
Mike Magee, 10 May 1999
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HP slips as profits dip

Top Hewlett Packard salesmen will not be forced into driving a standard issue Ford Taurus, the company's chief executive Carly Fiorina said on Friday, in a trading update that led to a fall in the company's share price of nearly five per cent. This freedom to choose policy is part of a move to shake up an under-performing Unix …
Tom Bland, 04 Oct 1999
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HP aims to stick IBM with new blades

The surgeons within HP have performed an impressive gutting and reconstruction of the company's blade server line. HP today revealed a new chassis and new blade servers that make up its c-Class systems. HP has been working on the fresh hardware for three years, and the arrival of the c-Class gear marks the most significant …
Ashlee Vance, 14 Jun 2006
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HP, Compaq in pre-vote channel stuffing claim

Damaging allegations that Compaq and HP boosted their most recent quarterly figures by stuffing the channel with inventory have surfaced in the San Jose Mercury. Analysts disagree on the amount of surplus stock in the channel, and some say they see no surplus at all, but the allegations are very serious indeed. The vote for …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Mar 2002
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December dreary for US PC sales, but 1999 was better

US PC retailers had a very disappointing December, with the Christmas season experiencing the lowest month-on-month growth of any month during 1999, according to the latest figures from market researcher PC Data. Last month, unit sales of desktop PCs through US retail, online and mail order channels increased just 12 per cent on …
Tony Smith, 24 Jan 2000
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HP must open source Tru64 goodies - users

So, the Tru64 era has ended at the hands of HP. Compaq/DEC's vaunted clustering and file system technology have been sent to the place where software dies, and Veritas has been adopted. HP's Inkvent agenda doesn't seem to support much Unix research and development these days - much to the dismay of the old Compaq hands and …
Ashlee Vance, 03 Dec 2004

Handheld device shipments tumble in 2005

The market for handhelds reached 2.2m units during the fourth quarter, up 37.6 per cent compared to the preceding quarter, according to IDC's Worldwide Handheld Qview. However, while sales soared during the last three months of 2005, shipment volumes decreased 18.2 per cent compared to the same period in 2004. Moreover, yearly …
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IT investment falls over war fears?

A short war with Iraq should do wonders for American technology firms as US.gov, the world's biggest IT spender, as well as the world's biggest defence contractor, gets stocking, and then restocking. But corporates are nervous and Wall Street has the jitters. Dan Niles, a star analyst at Lehmans Brothers, reckons that Dell and …
Drew Cullen, 07 Feb 2003
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Morse signals upturn in '04

Morse, Sun's biggest European reseller, increased turnover by 13 per cent to to £187.1m in the six months ended 31 December 2003 (2002: £185.8m). Loss before tax was down 28 per cent on the previous six months. Turnover in the UK and Ireland advanced 15 per cent, while continental Europe was up eight per cent for the half year …
John Oates, 25 Feb 2004
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Quantum buys Benchmark

Quantum, the tape drive specialist, last week acquired Benchmark Storage. Its new business operates in the same market but brings with it a range of new products which will enable Quantum to expand its offerings considerably. Quantum is expected to pay as much as $11 million for Benchmark along with an additional settlement of …
IT-Analysis, 29 Sep 2002