According to a statement made by HP CEO Meg Whitman, her company is now officially on track to splinter itself off into two entirely separate divisions by November 1.
The end of Hewlett-Packard as we know it today will usher in the new era of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and HP Inc. One entity will take on the brunt of HP’s consumer PC and printer market, while the other will be strictly catered to high-level businesses and corporate clientele.
The company says that no area of day-to-day operations will be interrupted by the separation, even going so far as to claim that certain areas of their support systems will actually see considerable amounts of improvement as operations are streamlined and rough edges are rounded down.
And although the divorce papers won’t be finalized until later this year, early signs of the split were already on display at the company’s HP Discover conference held this week.
The first, and most obvious example of what HP’s customers can expect this fall came in the form of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s new logo, which presented a minimal, no-nonsense aesthetic made to match the newly minted company’s steadfast ambitions.
Next on the docket for HP Enterprise will be to create ubiquitous systems capable of supporting the widest range of cloud platforms possible. With updates to the HP Helion network in the works, the company used the stage at Discover to announce that the system is ready to handle Amazon Web Services clouds, as well as a new feature designed to run multiple hypervisors at the same time.
Flash storage was another hot topic at the show, with HP touting a 25 percent decrease in the cost for SSDs in its data center, down to just $1.50 per usable gigabyte.
If the good news keeps rolling in at this rate, HP’s decision to chop itself in half could be the best move its made yet.
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