HP, Toshiba Connect for Future IT, Cloud Services Projects

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-06-16 Print this article Print

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 regions.

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 various infrastructures.

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 energy.

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.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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