HP signs deal with European Commission to supply Integrity servers

Infotech Lead Europe:
Hewlett-Packard (HP) Belgium has won a major order from the European Commission (EC) to supply HP Integrity servers.

HP will assist the EC to support workloads, including database-intensive applications and other critical environments, across multiple EC countries.

This is a significant order for HP which last month reported 4 percent year over year decline in revenue with a 15.5 percent operating margin at its Enterprise Group. Networking revenue of HP was up 4 percent, Industry Standard Servers revenue was down 3 percent, Business Critical Systems revenue was down 24 percent, Storage revenue was down 13 percent and Technology Services revenue was down 1 percent year over year.

In fact, cloud computing, big data and mobility are fuelling the growth of mission-critical demands. The framework agreement (DI/07120) enables participating European Union (EU) institutions, agencies and bodies to acquire new HP Integrity servers based on the Intel Itanium processor running HP-UX 11i v3.

HP Integrity servers are now available for deployment at EC and European Parliament sites in Brussels and Luxembourg as well as Joint Research Centre sites in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.

Other institutions located in various EU member states also will be able to take advantage of these new mission-critical systems.

One of the steps of the technical evaluation required benchmark tests to be carried out at HP’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region (EMEA) Performance Centre in Böblingen, Germany.

Ric Lewis, vice president and interim general manager, Business Critical Systems, HP, said: “HP Integrity servers with the HP-UX operating environment will allow the contracting authorities to continue to confidently deploy mission-critical solutions with high levels of reliability, performance and efficiency.”

In addition to HP Integrity servers, HP will provide associated equipment, including software. HP Technology Services also will deliver services and support, including maintenance and professional services.

In March 2013, IDC said HP — the second largest player in server market in Q4 2012 — has 24.8 percent share as revenue decreased 3.2 percent compared to Q4 2011. The revenue decrease was despite experiencing demand for x86-based ProLiant servers.

IDC forecasts that server demand will begin to improve in the second half of 2012 following a number of critical product refreshes which occurred in the first half of the year.

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Ambika K
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