The new partnership will provide hardware, software and services to public networks that provide power, water and gas services in the Far East and other regions.
Hewlett-Packard and Toshiba, longtime enemies in the global portable
PC marketplace, are reaching over that chasm to collaborate in a
different sector: IT infrastructure and cloud computing services.
The two companies said June 16 they have created a new partnership to
provide hardware, software and services to public networks that provide
power, water and gas services for IT systems in the Far East and other
HP and Toshiba will co-develop projects involving water supplies,
efficient energy distribution, health care and transportation, and they
will deploy cloud-related systems where appropriate.
HP naturally will provide its IT planning, architecture and product
expertise, and Toshiba will bring to the table its domain knowledge in
Toshiba makes not only PCs, servers and processors but also hardware
for other industries. Toshiba's power system division, for example,
makes equipment used in nuclear power plants, and its medical systems
unit makes X-ray equipment and magnetic resonance imaging systems.
The collaboration will also provide an opportunity for HP to deploy
products and services now being researched in the company's labs, which
include cloud services, security, infrastructure development and solar
Toshiba is moving deeper into the service sector as an alternative
because its nuclear power business is being curtailed. The company
recently supplied some of its engineers to help Tokyo Electric Power
Co. bring its Fukushima plant under control following the huge March 11
earthquake that hit northeastern Japan.
Toshiba said it expects its sales related these services to hit $11
billion in 2015, up from its current service income of about $3.7
billion in 2010, Reuters reported.