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With IBM out of the x86 server game, it’s time for “Plan B”. Why is HP the smart choice?

tammie_aron on ‎08-27-2014 11:18 AM

Guest blog by Allen Greene


IBM has sold its x86 server business to Lenovo and many customers concerned about ongoing innovation and support are looking at the alternatives.


SuitPic2.jpgIn his second of two blogs, Allen Greene, HP Project Smart Choice – US, Sales Exec  - who works with customers to help leverage HP technology to enable better business outcomes - outlines what HP has put in place to smooth the transition from IBM.


So you’ve seen the writing on the wall. The sale of IBM’s x86 server division to Lenovo is going through and you’re looking for an alternative. HP’s history of innovation, brand recognition and leadership in the x86 server space means that we’re usually on the short list. But there’s a list of concerns that are probably racing around your mind:

  • We’re in the middle of a 3-year depreciation cycle. We’ve already made an investment and don’t want to lose it.
  • Our IT department is primarily an IBM shop. They don’t know much about HP x86 servers.
  • My company is nearing the end of a 3-year depreciation cycle and are due for a technology refresh, but our IT staff don’t have the skill set to make a change.

It’s natural for you to have these concerns as you consider a change of this magnitude. But you don’t have to worry. HP has helped hundreds of customers by supporting their existing servers while transitioning their aging, legacy environments to one that’s better suited for their business. When you choose HP, the transition is fast and painless. We’ve done the hard work. Now it’s up to you.


Protect Your Investment


Transitioning from IBM to HP as strategic x86 server technology partner doesn’t mean scrapping your current investment and starting over.  HP has broad expertise in the datacenter and has been committed to multivendor support for decades. Plus, HP Financial services (HPFS) enables you to choose a financial plan that works for you. Participating customers* can:

  • Free up capital by upgrading your servers and moving to a pay-per-use or payment schedule irrespective of where you are in your existing lease or depreciation schedule;
  • Trade in any existing server at “fair market value” for a new one that better suits your style of business;
  • Get 0% financing for 12 months on key technologies make the transition easier; and
  • Get a 55%t discount on 3-year HP Proactive Care, giving you superior value for your IT investments.

Update Your Skills


To start off, your team* can visit one of HP’s Experience Centers and spend up to two days finding out what HP technology and services can do for your business.  For an in-depth view of the benefits of deploying HP technology within your data center, highly technical trainings are available either virtually or at an HP interactive lab near you. And if you need more, you can take advantage of HP Education’s comprehensive selection of courses.


Deploy x86 Server Technology That Works for Your Business


HP innovation has resulted in the most intelligent x86 servers in the market today. In fact, they are so intelligent that they redefine management productivity. Built on the HP ProActive Insight Architecture, the HP ProLiant x86 product line provides you with powerful, streamlined tools for accelerated provisioning, proactive maintenance, application optimization, energy-efficiency and support for enhanced application uptime and reduced operational costs.


The long list of advantages continues.   HP OneView addresses a much broader range of infrastructure lifecycle management challenges. It unifies and simplifies server and storage resource management with one tool, one process and one experience. With automated storage provisioning and new, upgraded integrations with VMware, Microsoft and third party management tools, you can complete multi-node cluster deployments in just 5 steps and minimize administrative time



Enjoy Peace of Mind with Multivendor Support


And if you want to transition over time according to your depreciation schedules, don’t worry. HP can do that too. With 30,000 support personnel in 170 countries around the world we have experts and experience in any technology you may have. HP Enterprise Services looks after 1000s of customers with multi-vendor environments. We can look after you too.


At HP, we do things differently. We are committed to innovation to support your business. And we have the financial capability, education options, end-to-end support and strength of partners to provide you with what you need to drive a successful transition for accelerated business growth.


Visit the Project Smart Choice website and request a free half-day strategy session to find out how HP can help make your “Plan B” your “Plan A”.



* Offers are only available in select countries/regions and to qualified customers. Please contact your HP sales account team or partner for further details and to determine how to qualify. No HP sales account team? Contact HP.

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Greetings! I am on the HP Enterprise Group marketing team focused on small and midsize businesses.

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