HP established a new category in video- conferencing with the introduction of HP SkyRoom – affordable, high-definition videoconferencing software that offers live, real-time collaboration for instant face-to-face meetings with no subscription fees. HP SkyRoom is based on breakthrough video and image communication technology developed in HP Labs, the company’s central research arm. Elements of this technology were used by NASA’s Mars rovers to transfer high-resolution images back to Earth. Until now, companies have had few options for videoconferencing – expensive enterprise telepresence systems or Internet freeware tools that strip out the subtleties of human interactions and don’t allow for the sharing of rich media content such as video and computer-aided design manipulation. HP SkyRoom will be included as a standard feature – at no cost – on select HP business desktop and mobile workstations and for free for a trial period on many upcoming HP premium business PCs and notebooks. HP SkyRoom can be used on workstations or PCs from Dell, Lenovo or Sun that meet minimum technology requirements. With HP SkyRoom, users can share any type of application supported on their PC or workstation, including office documents, streaming video and interactive 3-D applications.
The lineup of HP servers for midsized operations includes the HP ProLiant DL180 G5, a low-cost, two-processor server, offering the newest Intel quad-core architecture, three PCI-E slots, optional redundant power supplies, up to 12 large form factor hot plug drives and nine terabytes (TB) of storage. The DL185 G5 is a low-cost server with high capacity. The DL165 offers a combination of price, performance and flexibil-ity, with four 3.5-inch hard disk drives. The DL160 G5 is designed to meet the needs of midsize customers with high-performance computing environments.
HP has introduced new economical servers that can help midsize operations reduce operating costs while supporting their growth. The company’s entry-level server portfolio now includes four new HP ProLiant server platforms that help midsize customers with limited space, budgets and IT staff. The servers’ easy-to-use tools guide users through system configuration for fast installation. The four new platforms in the HP ProLiant entry-level portfolio are dense, high-capacity servers that improve data availability while protecting against data loss with embedded Serial ATA (SATA) Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID). In addition, these servers feature a high-efficiency power supply option which helps lower electricity costs.