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.'"