HP expands SMB offer at mobility summit

HP has kick-started what it is calling its ‘year of mobility’ with the launch of new SMB services and a range of mobile hardware products.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  February 15, 2005

HP has kick-started what it’s calling its ‘year of mobility’, with the launch of new SMB services and a range of mobile hardware products. At a special 'Mobility Summit' media event last month in San Jose, California, the senior vice president and general manager of HP IPSG's mobile computing global business unit, Ted Clark, explained: "This is the first in a series of announcements this year about the mobile world. "No other company spans the spectrum of mobility the way HP does." Amongst HP’s new SMB initiatives is its own version of Hosted Microsoft Exchange. The firm will also begin offering consulting services to help companies roll out wireless networks efficiently and cost-effectively, plus its new ‘budget stretcher’ program will allow SMB customers to use up to $150,000 of technology and pay for this over a 51-month period. On the hardware front, Clark called HP’s launch event, "the largest commercial notebook announcement in HP history." Ten products were presented in all, spanning five notebook platforms, with which the firm hopes to reclaim top position in the global notebook market. These products include the nx9600 performance desktop replacement, the 6100 series for cost-conscious buyers, HP’s new ultra-portable nc4200 and its tc4200 tablet PC. The new models include features such as HP’s Mobile Data Protection System; to help reduce the risk of data corruption by protecting the hard drive from shock, and its Panel Protection System; designed to keep hardware looking as good as new. What wasn’t officially announced, but rather implied by Clark, was that HP would this year introduce an ‘iPaq Mobile Messenger’ product offering Bluetooth and Edge connectivity as well as GPS-based services. Clark also suggested that HP would unveil its first smartphone later this year, targeted squarely at the corporate market. In addition to its big mobility launch, HP last month started shipping a new software program that aims to limit the spread of viruses across company networks. The company’s Virus Throttle release helps firms detect, contain and slow the rate at which a previously identified threat spreads. Virus Throttle is available for HP’s ProLiant servers and ProCurve Networking 5300 switches.

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