HP sharpens blades for SMEs

HP is expanding its Smart Office initiative to boost server blade sales in the SME market.

HP is expanding its Smart Office initiative to boost server blade sales in the SME market.

The new Smart Office programme, called HP ProLiant Business Advantage, provides HP channel partners and customers with education, services, marketing tools and guidance to explain how server technology in general can help solve business problems and simplify server purchasing decisions.

A key element in the campaign is Blades for Business, designed to give HP a bigger slice of the growing blades market, which analyst IDC predicts will be worth $9bn (£5bn) by 2008.

According to HP, almost half of HP BladeSystems are already going to SMEs, but with analyst Gartner reporting that nearly 20% of SMEs are considering blade technology, HP is looking for a bigger chunk of the SME segment.

As part of Blades for Business, HP will offer a new entry-level HP BladeSystem solution, which, it says, will be "easy to purchase, install and manage". The programme starts in May.

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