New HP hardware to further its "e-services"

Hewlett-Packard will take the next step in positioning itself as a provider of what it calls "e-services" this week when it unveils its next-generation hardware platform designed to shoulder the e-commerce load.

In a press conference to be held tomorrow, HP will detail the new N-Class server - Unix-based servers that will be positioned squarely against IBM's successful AS/400 line of midrange solutions - according to sources.

While the ostensible purpose of the new line of servers will be to facilitate e-commerce and e-services, the systems will also be suited for data warehousing, enterprise resource planning and integrated supply-chain solutions.

HP is currently undergoing a massive reorganisation, spinning off its test and measurement division last month, and breaking up its existing computer businesses into four autonomous groups. The N-Class server will fall under the purview of the Enterprise Computing Solutions business, headed up by Ann Livermore.

Platt is also expected to announce a raft of services and support around the platform that will include strategic alliances with other e-commerce providers, according to sources.

Under HP's new structure, the company is hoping to be more nimble and aggressive in addressing Internet issues facing businesses today.

Hewlett-Packard officials declined to comment on unannounced products.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

More about Hewlett-Packard AustraliaIBM Australia

Show Comments