Hewlett-Packard's newly appointed executive vice president of software & solutions, Bill Veghte, used a press event at the start of the HP Software Universe 2010 conference to discuss the questions facing businesses about the cloud, virtualization and data consumption. Veghte also talked briefly about his years with Microsoft, where he helped oversee the development of various Windows editions. HP's conference has seen the debut of new software aimed at IT administrators.
WASHINGTON, D.C-Hewlett-Packard's newly appointed executive vice
president of software & solutions, Bill Veghte, used a talk at the
June 15 opening of the HP Software Universe 2010 conference to talk
about the cloud, and what he saw as the fundamental questions
confronting businesses in their quest to digest and manage data.
Veghte spoke to an audience of media and analysts at Maryland's
Gaylord Center, where HP will spend the next several days hosting
sessions for customers, partners and developers.
"I've had the privilege of watching some very dramatic market
inflections, in terms of how businesses are using productivity," Veghte
said, adding that his background with Microsoft-including years spent
developing Windows-allowed him to witness several such inflections.
Such a market inflection, he continued, is happening now: "IT
delivery in businesses is fundamentally changing because of the demands
in business. IT operations folks and CIOs are faced with some
significant questions in terms of how to deliver their services and
Those questions mostly involve the cloud, and could include-but are
certainly not limited to-whether to virtualize a particular service or
application, whether to rely on a public or private cloud, or even
whether the cloud will be best utilized on a platform or application
"As I talk about this," Veghte said, "the reality is that
enterprises are accelerating that model today: you look at the fact
that, out of the number of businesses, 76 percent of businesses think
they will pursue a private cloud implementation in the next couple of
years." While the rate of data usage is increasing exponentially among
both consumers and businesses, he added, the fact remains that some 85
percent of that comes from businesses.
"Even as that digital data is accelerating, the requirements on IT
organizations around security and compliance continue unabated," Veghte
said. "In fact, -unabated' is an understatement: we will see more
security issues, not less."
Despite that data acceleration, organizations still need to extract
the actionable 5 percent of data from that near-overwhelming tide, a
task described by Veghte as "incredibly hard and getting harder... but
more important than ever before." Both the business and IT sides of an
enterprise start to blend, he suggested, as they pursue the mutual goal
of this data extraction.
In response to an audience question about his ability to shift focus
onto enterprise software, after years of working on Windows, Veghte
highlighted his experience in server development.
"My experience is on the R&D side across both clients and
servers," Veghte said. "I managed to development of Microsoft's server
infrastructure products for five or six years, and I've spent a lot of
time working with customers on the infrastructure side. The proof will
be in the pudding."
HP is using the HP Software Universe 2010 conference to announce
several new software platforms, including HP Business Service
Management (BSM) 9.0, which gives IT administrators the tools to manage
application performance, and HP Test Data Management, which accelerates
BSM 9.0 offers IT administrators a more accurate picture of their
organization's current IT service state, including across hybridized
environments. The platform also automates the event resolution process,
in theory reducing troubleshooting costs, and offers collaboration
tools for delivering data to appropriate team members.
Software included with BSM 9.0 ranges from HP BAC Anywhere, a
service that administrators can use to monitor their external Web
applications from anywhere offsite, to HP Operations Manager i 9.0,
which utilizes smart plug-ins (SPIs) to automatically discover
The company also announced HP Test Data Management (TDM), software
that automates the process of collecting test data from live
applications, and accelerates application testing through a combination
of masking and automated data extraction.