Hewlett-Packard confirmed Jan. 24 that it will no longer be selling its Neoview data warehousing platform, though it plans to continue supporting the product until 2014.
The death of Neoview-which was launched in 2007-is not a surprise for some. Rumors had been circulating for some time that HP was giving up on Neoview. HP and Microsoft announced a number of converged application appliances Jan. 19, which led to more speculation.
"Our customers are demanding options for addressing an emerging set of requirements around the explosive growth of data, new types of information, new classes of analytics and new delivery models," an HP spokesperson said in a statement. "HP will continue to work with best-in-class partners and will develop innovative approaches that address the next-generation requirements of the market. HP will continue to deliver professional services to support our customers' needs to modernize and optimize their information delivery strategy."
According to Reuters, sources within the company said the number of Neoview customers numbered in the dozens, when expectations were for them to number in the hundreds or more. The platform was mainly targeted at the enterprise space.
Mark Smith, CEO and executive vice president of research for Ventana Research, noted in an instant message interview with eWEEK that HP had invested in sales, but did a poor job of marketing and faced other issues around scalability and security as well.
"Now they are playing the partner wheel like before with working with Microsoft, SAP and even in many situations just letting Teradata take the high-end business so they do not upset customers for other outsourcing [and] consulting opportunities," he wrote.