HP, Verizon, GE Present Decidedly Cloudy IT Forecast
Major announcements by Hewlett-Packard, General Electric and Verizon provide more evidence that cloud computing options for businesses are expanding rapidly. Such announcements are raising the confidence of businesses of all sizes that cloud computing systems are now big enough and efficient enough to reliably safeguard their IT systems even at a lower cost than they can do it themselves.When Hewlett-Packard launched its Software Universe event June 15 with a presentation on cloud computing, it was just the start of a day about clouds. HP kicked things off with its announcement at a massive event held at the Gaylord National conference center at Washington's National Harbor, and featured Bill Veghte, who recently arrived at HP after a long stint at Microsoft. Veghte said that about three-quarters of businesses are pursuing cloud computing in one way or another. Meanwhile, General Electric was holding an event in downtown Washington at which it announced its electronic medical records software-as-a-service product. This platform is aimed at giving small medical practices a way to offer electronic medical records affordably.
Next, Verizon announced June 15 that it will be providing its own branded cloud storage product aimed at enterprises. Verizon Cloud Storage is designed to work either on its own or in conjunction with existing SAN or NAS storage systems. Verizon's product is building on a capability that the company has had for some time, but is only now being offered under its own brand.