Size of IS shop: 50
Mobile PCs: 2400
Handheld devices: 850
Total screens: 4375
Industry: IT supplier
PC Environment: Windows, Hewlett-Packard
Server environment: MCP, Sun, Windows, IBM, Unisys, HP (including platforms managed for customers)
DBMS: SQL, Oracle, DB2, Informix, Ingres, Sybase (including customer systems)
Address: 22 Viaduct Harbour, Maritime Square, Auckland
Key IS projects: Datacentres
Hewlett-Packard New Zealand (HP) has been busy over the past few months with the design and build of a new datacentre. Plans for the $60 million, 500 square metre datacentre in the Waikatp region near Tuakau, south of Auckland, were announced by HP Enterprise Services Country Manager Gavin Greaves to CIO in March.
HP was again unable to offer comment for this year’s MIS100 report, as it maintains compliance with a global order not to comment on country-specific operational matters.
The Tuakau datacentre is expected to be fully operational by early 2012 and is part of an international initiative by the company to overhaul its datacentres in alignment with HP’s Converged Infrastructure architecture. HP’s Tuakau and Mt Wellington datacentres will provide concurrent systems that run with real-time synchronisation between the sites. Increased adoption of cloud services, anticipated with the long-awaited eventual rollout of the government’s UFB and RBI initiatives, are a driver behind the new datacentre builds.
The company is globally focusing on a new cloud computing platform that will see it compete with Amazon and Google. Along with continuing its IaaS offerings, the organisation will also provide a marketplace for consumer, SMEs, and enterprise applications. In April this year, HP announced support support for Google’s Cloud Print, allowing smartphone and tablet users to print documents from web-based applications such as Gmail and Google Docs. By 2012, HP expects to have platform-as-as-service functionality available to rival Microsoft’s Windows Azure and Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud.