Press Release: September 20, 2011
Topics: Cloud

HP Channel Partners Open New Cloud Centers of Excellence

Facilities provide convenient access to expertise for cloud-ready customers

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- 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, helping 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.

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“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 Inc. “EGI’s Cloud Center will accelerate the learning curve and streamline adoption of cloud computing in a resource-rich and locally accessible environment.”

Nth Generation was looking for an effective way to demonstrate the capabilities of a cloud solution end to end,” said Leigh Carpenter, director, Strategic Services, Nth Generation. “By creating the Cloud Centers of Excellence program, HP gave us the opportunity to really show off the CloudSystem Matrix to maximum advantage.”

“With the growing interest in cloud computing, it became important for us to quickly develop and demonstrate Presidio’s capabilities to our customers,” said Steven Kornfeld, vice president, HP Alliance, Presidio Inc. “Being one of the first HP Cloud Centers of Excellence gave us the best opportunity to exhibit the HP cloud solutions combined with our own value-add capabilities.”

“We are working with reseller partners and their customers daily to demonstrate how they can reduce costs, increase efficiency and improve business agility utilizing HP’s cloud solutions,” said Peter Larocque, president of U.S. Distribution, SYNNEX Corporation. “By establishing an HP Cloud Center of Excellence built on HP Converged Infrastructure, we can substantiate the reality of servers, storage, networking, services and software functioning seamlessly as a private cloud to accelerate business results.”

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