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HP Channel Partners Open New Cloud Centers of Excellence

Facilities provide convenient access to expertise for cloud-ready customers.

PALO ALTO, Calif., September 20, 2011 – HP today announced that 19 HP Cloud Centers of Excellence have been established in 2011 at partner facilities throughout the United States, providing customers fast, convenient access to live demonstrations of HP cloud solutions.   

HP Cloud Centers of Excellence enable clients to gain firsthand knowledge of, and directly experience, the benefits of cloud computing technologies such as accelerated service delivery and operational efficiency. A total of 40 centers are expected to open by the end of next month.

The HP Cloud Centers of Excellence program includes HP Converged Infrastructure solutions, automation software, training and financial incentives to transform channel partner facilities into cloud demonstration centers. By delivering locally accessible cloud demonstrations and industry-specific expertise, HP channel partners can expand their business opportunities.

For example, on Sept. 14 The Ergonomic Group (EGI) hosted an HP Cloud Center of Excellence grand opening at its Westbury, N.Y., facility, showcasing cloud solutions for specific customers such as financial services institutions in the New York metro market.

Cloud Centers of Excellence feature HP CloudSystem, the industry’s most complete integrated solution for building and managing services across private, public and hybrid cloud environments. In addition to HP servers, these centers also include HP Storage and HP Networking solutions, including HP Tipping Point network security offerings, as well as third party applications. 

Beyond serving as a pioneer of cloud solutions in their markets, HP channel partners make cloud computing more accessible through HP Cloud Discovery Workshops to help organizations evaluate business needs as well as determine strategies for transforming their infrastructure and applications. HP and its channel partners enable clients to create Instant-On Enterprises with the power to protect data, defend resources, manage risk and drive innovation. More information about HP’s cloudsolutions and services is available at www.hp.com/go/cloudcomputing.

HP’s premier client event, HP DISCOVER, takes place Nov. 29 – Dec. 1 in Vienna, Austria. The event showcases how organizations can get started on their Instant-On Enterprise journeys.

Digital Resources:

Videos

— HP CloudSystem overview video

— HP Cloud solutions white board video

White Papers

— Business White Paper: 5 Myths of Cloud Computing

— Business White Paper: START small, grow tall: Why Cloud Now

Partner Quotes

“We’ve invested heavily in our HP Cloud Center of Excellence to demonstrate our commitment to helping customers realize the significant business and operational benefits of the cloud model,” said Kim Girards, president and chief executive officer, The Ergonomic Group. “EGI’s Cloud Center will accelerate the learning curve and streamline adoption of cloud computing in a resource-rich and locally accessible environment.”

 

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