HP Pushes Networking for Small Businesses
By partnering with with Microsoft, HP is targeting budget-minded IT buyers in the SMB space.
Hewlett-Packard (HP) believes that small businesses are ready to cautiously resume spending on IT, and the company has made several announcements in the SMB networking and storage space. According to this story on CIO Update, product announcements included the HP V1410 Switch Series, an extension of the HP's ProCurve 1400 family with simplified management and what HP said is lower cost plug-and-play connections. The V1410 is available pre-configured with eight-, 16- and 24-port options and a choice of wall or rack mount options.
"HP also hinted at an upcoming cloud computing announcement aimed at small business, but gave few details. 'Looking to the future, we're seeing strong growth and opportunity for a Web-empowered ecosystem that will connect your computers, printers, your iPhone, whatever, to retail partners,' Todd Birzer, a marketing manager with HP's printing and enterprise solution group, said. 'This will be an HP cloud, but I'm not going into details today.'"