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Discover the company that founded Silicon Valley 75 years ago—HP

Nadhan on ‎06-11-2014 09:13 AM



The video at the first HP Discover General Session started with black-and-white photos of two gentlemen in The Garage, the voiceover calling out an engineering company that was founded in 1939. Their first customer was Walt Disney, who bought eight oscillators to enhance the audio quality of the animated film Fantasia in 1940. Two students from Stanford University founded this company and decided on its name with a coin toss. “Had it been tails, this would have been 75 years of PH instead of HP,” quipped HP CEO Meg Whitman as she took center stage at HP Discover. She then went on to highlight the track record of innovation the world has seen from this company that all started in The Garage. Click here for a walk down memory lane. Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard used all of the $538 of working capital to found the Silicon Valley we know today, Whitman said. She continued to call out various HP milestones during 75 years of thinking, imagining, inventing and creating.


Check out these firsts:

  • First desktop calculator. Brought to the market in 1968, this was really a computer, but was labeled a calculator. Fast-forward to today when computers define our wardrobe as wearables!
  • First wearable from HP created in 1977, this was a digital wristwatch Whitman modeled for the audience.
  • First x86 server built to industry standards.
  • First rack-mount server—the HP Proliant 4000.
  • First commercial Ethernet switch deployed in space—the HP 2524.
  • First blade, introduced in 2002, which has been revolutionizing the datacenter ever since.

Whitman explained that HP faces several challenges common to enterprises of today. The question is: How does enterprise deal with these challenges? “Infrastructure matters to HP,” Whitman said, before introducing John Hinshaw, EVP for Technology and Operations.


Take a look at what Hinshaw’s team deals with today:

  • 63 Petabytes of storage
  • Millions of lines of code scanned by Fortify
  • 4 EcoPods in the US running mission critical apps for HP
  • 41K+ servers
  • 300M hits per day on HP.com
  • 300 GBS infrastructure capacity
  • 1500+ HP Enterprise HPN Routers
  • Manage 150K+ mobile devices
  • 15K+ HPN switches
  • 450,000 mailboxes managed
  • 4PB data replicated per day
  • Analyze data from 100s of millions of active devices
  • 442,000 PCs deployed
  • 2.5B security events logged per day with Arcsight
  • Prevented millions of denial of service attaches with TippingPoint

Today, HP is a company operating across 5 lines of business, in 170 countries, with more than 300,000 employees. I walked out of the keynote and saw the booth where attendees had an opportunity to share their thoughts on what technology would be in 25 years. I couldn’t think of a better setting than the conference conducted by the company founded by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard 75 years ago.


I stepped in, and shared my thoughts in this booth. But that is another post, for another time.


For now, join me to take pause and congratulate the company that we simply know as HP.


Congratulations, HP!


Team up with HP Technology Expert, E.G.Nadhan

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