HP selects Tianjin for its First Cloud Executive Briefing Center
TIANJIN, China, June 28, 2011 – HP today opened the doors to a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose HP Cloud Executive Briefing Center (EBC) – the first of its kind globally. With the support of the Tianjin government, the center has been custom-built and designed to showcase HP’s leading edge cloud technologies. Located in a 3,000 square meter facility in Tianjin, it will provide hands-on experiences for customers looking to build, enable and operate HP-led cloud environments.
HP’s Cloud EBC showcases real-life scenarios of public, private and hybrid cloud environments, catered and designed for all industries and across the entire technology stack, from device to data center. Customers can view demonstrations of how to manage, secure and scale a cloud environment; combine traditional infrastructures with private and public clouds; and build, test and deploy a connected cloud environment – arming them with a clear and easy-to-execute roadmap for their cloud transformation.
Léo Apotheker, HP President and Chief Executive Officer, who is in China this week for a series of meetings with customers, employees and government officials, attended the opening of the center today along with Ann Livermore, Member, HP Board of Directors and Interim Lead, HP Enterprise Services, Jan Zadak, executive vice president of HP Global Sales and Enterprise Marketing, Piau-Phang (PP) Foo, managing director and senior vice president of Global Sales for HP Asia Pacific and Japan, Steve Gill, managing director and vice president of Global Sales for China HP and Colin Png, vice president of HP Enterprise Marketing for Asia Pacific and Japan.
"Cloud computing and connectivity are redefining the way people live, businesses operate and the way the world works,” said Apotheker. “China, with its significant infrastructure investments, exploding digital content, and minimal legacy IT systems, is primed to lead the world in cloud computing innovations. HP invites IT leaders in China and around Asia to visit our new cloud center in Tianjin to see for themselves how cloud environments based on HP systems can help them transform their business and create new experiences for their customers.”
Tianjin Deputy Party Secretary, He Lifeng, explained the importance of HP’s Cloud EBC opening: “We are delighted to see the opening of the HP Cloud Executive Briefing Center. Tianjin has experienced rapid economic development in recent years and we require strong participation from the world’s most innovative and respected companies. With HP’s world-class technologies, solutions and services, this center will accelerate the development of innovation in the cloud and serve as a best practice example for the rest of China.”
According to market intelligence firm IDC , the China cloud market is predicted to reach USD $1billion by 2014, compared to USD $320 million in 2010. With its leading services portfolio, HP is well positioned to optimize traditional technology environments on which customers depend, build and manage next-generation cloud-based architectures, enable seamless transformation to hybrid models and define and deliver the connected world from the consumer to enterprise.
Piau-Phang (PP) Foo, managing director and senior vice president of Global Sales for HP Asia Pacific and Japan, said: “Cloud computing and connectivity will dramatically change how our customers go to market, and how they meet end user demand. However, there isn’t a one size fits all approach for cloud as companies approach this at differing speeds and for different reasons. The purpose of building this Cloud EBC is to showcase real life scenarios in the public, private and hybrid cloud environments. Regardless of the industry, and across the entire technology stack, we will be able to help our customers experience firsthand the cloud environment that will make the most business sense for them.”
HP has based operations in Tianjin since 2010 because of its vibrant economy, skilled workforce and strategic location. These were among the reasons why it decided to make further investments with its Cloud EBC. HP also has a long-standing relationship with the Tianjin government and looks forward to continued collaboration on this center and beyond.
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