On the hybrid cloud front, Hewlett-Packard announced it has made a $2 billion investment that will be used to provide customers some financing with their purchases. This news came from HP Discover 2011, one of the industry’s biggest events, and one we wouldn’t miss. We covered HP Discover from every angle, with live broadcasts, news and reviews (see full channel here). At the same event, Hewlett-Packard also announced upcoming public cloud, PaaS and IaaS offerings, as well as details on its Open Cloud Market and a big data analytics solution, a new necessary for business intelligence and market research.
Another big conference that was going on this past week, and also covered live by SiliconANGLE, was the Dell Storage Forum. There Director of SMB Business Tony Parkinson said the company is building a platform-agnostic services platform targeting small to medium businesses – an area Dell has been greatly focusing in light of the intense competition now growing in the enterprise space.
The next highlight comes from Oracle. Besides its never-ending court battles, this time involving Android and HP, the company also launched a new private cloud offering based on technology it has acquired as a part of the Sun deal. The Oracle Optimized Solutions for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure consists of Sun Blade X6270 M2 and Sun Blade X6275 M2 servers, virtualized and managed by Oracle software.
Skidding over to the customer side of cloud tech, this week featured two major gatherings in this segment: WWDC, and E3.
At WWDC, Apple had two major product announcements and one launch: Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5, and iCloud respectively. The iCloud is what received the most attention, though, considering that this personal cloud storage offering connects every Apple-made device a user owns.
Alongside Apple’s event, the gaming industry’s largest annual conference, E3, was also held earlier this week. An important industry look at gaming, the deeper incorporation of the cloud has spilled into the mobile arena.