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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

HP takes BladeSystem to W.A. markets

Remmy Nweke

Hewlett Packard (HP) has taken its latest in stock, BladeSystem C-Class into the West African market, just as the firm launched the product in Lagos, Nigeria.

Speaking at the launch of BladeSystem c-Class portfolio in Lagos, Managing Director, HP West Africa, Dr. Lloyd Atabansi, said the event was to keep customers updated in HP’s product rollout globally.

He said, that the product which was initially launched globally at San Francisco in June, was being relaunched locally, weekend, in order not to leave any gap between its customers in developed and developing countries like Nigeria.

Responding to questions, the Enterprise Business Manager for HP West Africa, Mr. Chukwuma Okpaka, said the BladeSystem has been in the market for sometimes now, but the BladeSystem C-Class is an enhancement of what was in the hitherto available.

According to him, the latest is already available for the region and precisely in the country as from July 1, this year.

He also said the launch which comprised technical sessions for dealers and end-users was to intimate them on the benefits embedded in the portfolio and BladeSystem C-class precisely.

He stressed that the HP portfolio drives its advantage from the best technologies across the brand’s innovations that make everything from non-stop servers to HP printers the best in the industry.

“The new innovation fundamentally improves how our customers buy, manage and use their computing resources” he declared.

Emphasised that by implementing a simple ‘out-of-the-box’ design, HP BladeSystem c-Class customers could dramatically reduce IT costs and the barriers to change presented by racked, stacked and wired data centres.

Also speaking on the new generation of ProLiant portfolio, Mr. Yakubu Hussaini of HP, noted that the new Central Processing Unit (CPU) technology introduced by Intel was in line with the HP portfolio.

“The new generations are developed for today’s demanding workloads,” he asserted.

The Business Development Manager at Intel, Mr. Samuel Mensah, hailed the unveiling in Lagos, pointing out that with Dual Core portfolio from Intel, the performance benefits compared to what competitions are offering is not equalled.

He urged customers to go for the latest technologies because, according to him, it offers better time to market for businesses.

The event was witnessed by the Marketing Manager at HP Ms Ijeoma Onyiuke among other dignitaries.

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