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HP Triggers Business Tech Blitz

HP  entered the data-warehousing market today with a business intelligence server designed to give IBM , Oracle  and NCR's  TeraData division a new rival to worry about.

As previously reported by internetnews.com, the new platform is called Neoview and will run anywhere from 16 to 256 Intel Itanium 2 processors and HP's Tandem NonStop operating system software.

The platform, though stealth marketed since last October, was formally introduced at HP's Technology@Work in Berlin, where executives from the company's Technology Solutions Group unveiled new business technology products and services.

Ben Barnes, vice president and general manager of the Business Intelligence Group for HP Software, said the platform is a business intelligence engine designed to give customers a bird's eye view of metrics on product sales, customer trends or just business effectiveness.

Unlike products from data-warehouse stalwarts, Barnes told internetnews.com HP is stressing high availability in making the server a 24x7 environment where decision-making is integrated into business operations. The machine will also scale to hundreds of terabytes for data-mart consolidation.

Barnes said Neoview will start at roughly $645,000 for a 16-way machine and scale into the millions of dollars for those who need to support more data.

Partners whose applications are certified to work on Neoview include Ab Initio, Business Objects , Cognos , Hyperion , Informatica , MicroStrategy  and SAS.

To fortify the system, HP rolled out business intelligence services from its acquisition of Knightsbridge Solutions, including: strategy and planning; information quality; information integration; and information delivery.

With these services, HP's BI services consultants can cover anything from data acquisition, data cleansing and transformation to data modeling and data warehouse design, governance models and warehouse administration.

Neoview is one of a series of products and services HP is trotting out at today's press event, which is designed to illuminate the company' understanding of enterprise pain points related to the planning and deployment of business technology.

Deborah Nelson, senior vice president of marketing and alliances for the Technology Solutions Group at HP, told internetnews.com that while most CEOs agree that technology is important to the success of their businesses, HP research found only 32 percent of them involve their CIOs at boardroom meetings for planning business strategies.

"Over time, that is definitely going to change and CIOs need to be at the table during these discussions and help drive the business," Nelson said. "Only a few companies are thinking of technology this way. We want to be where the market is going in leading that trend."

Nelson said Ann Livermore, executive vice president of the Technology Solutions Group at HP, plans to emphasize this paradigm shift at the event.

HP sees its Adaptive Infrastructure portfolio as a way to help customers create a next-generation datacenter that lowers maintenance and operations costs so they can reinvest the money into areas that help the businesses grow.

To pad this portfolio, Nelson said HP has created new reference architectures to help customers painlessly install and run Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Oracle and SAP applications on HP servers, storage and management software.

HP officials will also discuss HP's Adaptive Infrastructure Maturity Model, a custom service designed to let companies assess their current datacenters and set up a plan to improve on them.