HP makes ConvergedSystem, printer, ALM product and services announcements

Leading up to its Global Partner Conference 2014, HP's Enterprise Group and the Printing and Personal Systems Group makes a spate of announcements.

In a run-up to Hewlett-Packard Co.'s Global Partner Conference 2014, being held March 24-26 in Las Vegas, the vendor's Enterprise Group and the Printing and Personal Systems Group made a spate of announcements today.

The Enterprise Group announced the HP ConvergedSystem for SAP HANA, a portfolio of integrated infrastructure systems that are purpose-built to help customers deploy the data management platform.

The HP ConvergedSystem portfolio for SAP HANA includes HP ConvergedSystem 500 for SAP HANA, which is optimized out of the box for analytics and data warehousing workloads; HP Serviceguard for SAP HANA, which protects against downtime with automated failover; and Project Kraken, which will enable clients to simplify their SAP HANA infrastructure and accelerate business operations with up to 12 TB of data in a single memory pool to power mission-critical business applications, according to the vendor.

The Printing and Personal Systems (PPS) Group, for its part, announced new services and solutions for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that will be offered by both partners and HP.

The new PPS offerings include HP Smart Decision Suite 2.0 software for improved fleet management; the expansion of HP's managed print services (MPS) program for partners; and HP SureSupply Express and HP SureSupply Auto-Delivery services for convenient replenishment of HP cartridges.

The Partner MPS program news includes geographic expansion and increased multivendor support.

According to HP, channel partners will be able to sell HP MPS in their region; the company will expand and enhance the selling experience for partners already on board in existing regions and will bring increased efficiencies and print management to SMB customers worldwide.

HP said it is enhancing the HP Express Decision Portal as well. The cloud-based system aims to better equip partners to provide proposals and quotes for cost-per-page pricing and other billing models, updated funnel reports, contract tracking and account management.

Version 2.0 of HP Smart Decision Suite 2.0, meanwhile, includes enhanced analytic tools, expansion of global invoice automation, contract administration, reporting and proactive fleet management, and language localization in 26 countries.

Also announced this week are three printer-related announcements that impact the commercial channel, including an upgrade to HP Access Control, HP ePrint Enterprise 3.2 and two new LaserJet-series devices.

With the goal of increasing office productivity via a simplified login process while reducing costs, HP Access Control 14.0 allows enterprises to authenticate user login information by using near-field communications (NFC) touch-to-authenticate technology. Users with a NFC-enabled Android smartphone or tablet can authenticate themselves to an HP Enterprise LaserJet printer or a multifunction printer (MFP).

HP ePrint Enterprise 3.2 includes full integration with MobileIron's AppConnect ecosystem, an enterprise mobility management platform. Additionally, the application now offers productivity enhancements based on the new touch-to-authenticate features, according to HP.

The HP Color LaserJet Enterprise MFP M680 series and the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M651 series are the vendor's two new device offerings, both of which offer NFC capabilities for enhanced security, touch to print and wireless direct mobile printing options.

The HP Color LaserJet Enterprise MFP M680 series offers print speeds of up to 45 pages per minute (ppm) and advanced paper handling and finishing options. Devices in the series are equipped with capabilities that can be managed and scaled with HP FutureSmart 3.0 firmware, Open Extensibility Platform, Universal Print Driver and Web Jetadmin.

The single-function HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M651 series offers wireless printing from smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. The new printer delivers print speeds of up to 45 ppm.

HP also announced new versions of products within its Application Lifecycle Management portfolio to help channel partners meet customer needs by accelerating mobile and cloud-based testing, improving user experience, boosting cost savings and improving quality for the delivery of business-critical applications and services, according to the company.

HP LoadRunner 12 and HP Performance Center 12, which have new cloud testing capabilities, are designed to improve performance testing for capacity, scalability and reliability.

The vendor is expanding mobile application testing with a new suite of mobile applications built on the HP Anywhere Enterprise Mobility Platform. The HP Sprinter for Mobile allows for more efficient and faster manual testing of mobile applications and the elimination of defects, and HP Service Virtualization 3.5 integrates service and network virtualization on the same platform so that teams can test the behavior of virtual services on realistic network conditions, the company said.

HP Application Lifecycle Management 12 and HP Quality Center Enterprise 12 are designed to help with the successful delivery of applications; HP Unified Functional Testing 12 helps IT organizations adopt and apply functional test automation more efficiently; and, finally, HP Business Process Testing 12 reduces costs and simplifies test automation, according to HP.

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