HP Helps Small and Midsize Businesses Prepare for Economic Turnaround

PALO ALTO, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — November 9, 2009 — HP (NYSE: HPQ) today expanded its HP Total Care portfolio to help small and midsize businesses (SMBs) build a strong technology foundation that increases their productivity and collaboration, reduces environmental impact and provides greater flexibility as they refresh technology in preparation for the economic turnaround.

New offerings include:

  • two desktop PCs and displays;
  • solutions to collaborate in increasingly virtual work environments;
  • HP LaserJet printer designed to help customers reduce their carbon footprint and save money;
  • server and storage products to protect data; and
  • a networking switch and solution to reduce costs and improve productivity.

“SMBs are the pulse of the economy, and HP is partnering with SMBs to provide a boost as the economy rebounds,” said Kathy Chou, vice president, Worldwide Small and Midsize Business Strategy, HP. “All businesses must find a reliable foundation upon which to build their futures, and for SMBs, HP’s new offerings will help sustain their well-being and prepare them for upcoming growth.”

For Saladino’s, a $385 million company that supplies restaurants up and down the West Coast, a sophisticated and reliable technology infrastructure is critical to meeting customer needs and tight delivery deadlines. The company, based in Fresno, Calif., upgraded to new enterprise resource planning software while standardizing on HP servers, storage and desktop PCs by working with Western Blue, an HP partner.

“HP systems are flexible and reliable. They have solid desktop PCs and the best server technology on the market. Knowing the different vendors, HP was an easy choice,” said Craig Urrizola, chief information officer, Saladino’s. “The benefit of the HP infrastructure continues long after the original deployment. I can easily manage the solution using web tools, and with every blade server that replaces older servers, we save power and improve efficiency. The new architecture also accommodates growth and change, providing important flexibility to our business.”

Flexible solutions for cost-effective expansion

HP’s new offerings offer SMBs value, productivity and the flexibility to evolve with the needs of their businesses:

  • HP Pro 3000 Series Business Desktop PCs can easily be refreshed for evolving business needs.
  • HP Connect Solutions help SMBs more conveniently connect with customers, colleagues and partners. Components of HP Connect Solutions include:

    • HP Virtual Rooms: allows users to connect with business contacts, employees or family at any time.
    • HP Virtual Support Room: allows support engineers to access, view and control other computers online to troubleshoot and quickly address problems for customers and other offices.
    • Huddle.net: a cloud computing offering that combines collaboration, project management and document sharing with no software to download. A 30-day trial for 20 gigabytes (GB) of storage and 20 workspaces is available.(1)
    • Norton Online Backup from Symantec: backs up information and media content to a secure online location. A 30-day trial for 5 GB of storage comes installed on HP PCs.(2)
  • HP business computing bundles bring end-to-end IT capabilities to small business owners. The bundles, which include HP Thin Clients, HP ProLiant servers and Microsoft Windows® Server 2008 R2, efficiently deliver Windows desktops, business applications and remote access while improving security and reducing total costs.
  • HP Compaq LE1711 and HP Compaq LE1911 LCD Monitors are low power consumption panels with high quality.
  • The HP ProCurve 2520 Switch Series is designed for SMBs that need to deploy voice, video and wireless applications requiring PoE (Power-over-Ethernet).
  • The HP ProLiant ML110 and DL120 G6 Servers offer SMBs enterprise-class performance at a cost-effective price.

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