HP launches cloud-based mobility platform for enterprise
HP said on Thursday that its chairman, Raymond Lane, is stepping down from his post, and two directors--John Hammergren and G. Kennedy Thompson--are leaving the board entirely, according to a report by the New York Times. Replacing Lane as chairman is activist shareholder Ralph Whitworth.
The three directors were barely re-elected to the board last month, primarily because shareholders were unhappy with the 2011 acquisition of big data analytics firm Autonomy, which led to an $8.8 billion impairment charge last year.
HP's new chief executive officer, Meg Whitman, received strong shareholder approval and is now set to lead the firm with a refreshed board.
On the same day, HP unveiled its cloud-based enterprise mobility management product as part of its HP Converged Cloud portfolio of products. The platform provides separation of enterprise apps and data from personal apps and data, as well as security and control of file storage, synchronization and sharing from the cloud using multiple mobile operating systems and devices.
With the platform, employees can download approved enterprise apps from a secure app storefront, upload files for collaboration and synchronize those files between the HP cloud infrastructure and mobile devices. Data is encrypted in transit and at rest.
The platform provides IT with the ability to configure cloud file storage that can scale and offers local storage options that address data sovereignty and compliance requirements. It is integrated with Citrix, SAP and other enterprise platforms, HP said.
"Mobility in the workplace continues to be a key focus and concern for IT executives. HP Enterprise Cloud Service--Mobility leverages HP's strong cloud portfolio by providing clients with a mobility service that provides the highest level of user experience and productivity while minimizing risk for IT," said Pete Karolczak, senior vice president for HP Enterprise Services.
The launch of the platform fits in with Whitman's strategy to take HP out of its core PC and printing markets, and into the cloud and mobility markets. As part of that strategy, HP last month launched mobility-unified communications workshops for enterprises, as well as cloud-based UC services.