Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Oct 2012 22:01 UTC
Microsoft Steve Ballmer's annual letter to shareholders makes it very clear Microsoft is at a point of no return - and in the middle of a transition into a hardware company. "This is a significant shift, both in what we do and how we see ourselves - as a devices and services company. It impacts how we run the company, how we develop new experiences, and how we take products to market for both consumers and businesses." Line. Sand.
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RE[4]: OEMs deserve to suffer
by Laurence on Wed 10th Oct 2012 14:26 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: OEMs deserve to suffer"
Laurence
Member since:
2007-03-26


They might be more of a hardware company, but saying that HP is not interested in software is innaccurate at best: NNM, Operations Manager, Operations Orchestration, Sitescope, BSM, Network Automation, Server Automation, Service Manager, Load Runner, UCMDB, DDMi, Storage Automation, ArcSight, TippingPoint, Data Protector...

They're all pretty much there to enable their hardware.

I will grant you that my statement was a little absolute though. It was more meant to read that their main focus is hardware

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RE[5]: OEMs deserve to suffer
by ichi on Wed 10th Oct 2012 15:34 in reply to "RE[4]: OEMs deserve to suffer"
ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

They're all pretty much there to enable their hardware.


None of those I listed above.

They have loads of enterprise monitoring products and "business solutions" that have nothing to do at all with their hardware.

Even less so now that pretty much everything is deployed on virtual machines and you don't even have to go buying blades for each software product.

The consumer market is different, but I think that on the business area they are making far more profit on licenses and services than on iron.

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RE[6]: OEMs deserve to suffer
by Laurence on Wed 10th Oct 2012 16:05 in reply to "RE[5]: OEMs deserve to suffer"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

I'll have to take your word for that then.

Our server room (well, it's more of a mini data center these days) is all HP and Cisco gear but we run Nagios and of such open source tools for all the monitoring tools. From what (albeit limited) exposure I've had with other data centers, it looked like they used the same or similar packages.

I'll have to give HP another look ;)

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