HP and Toshiba Join Forces on Cloud Computing

Recently, Hewlett-Packard and Toshiba announced that they will collaborate to push cloud computing and affiliated services to infrastructure organizations. The two firms have signed a memorandum of understanding to begin tie-up negotiations. In a joint statement, the companies said that they will, “work together to identify and develop opportunities in areas such as water supply, energy, health-care and transportation where cloud-related services can be deployed.” The companies will also collaborate in the areas of networking and “intelligent infrastructure.”

According to the statement, Toshiba will supply its domain knowledge in critical infrastructure areas and HP will supply its IT expertise. The collaboration will also help HP to deploy products and services being researched in the company’s labs. HP has research work taking place in such fields as cloud services, security, infrastructure development, and solar energy.

Toshiba said the collaboration will help grow its Smart Community Business Division. In October 2010, Toshiba established a dedicated Smart Community Business Division to promote its smart community business. Smart Community Business Division works on building smart grids and modernization of infrastructure. By taking advantage of cloud computing and other opportunities in the area of ‘smart community’, the company forecasts sales in its smart community business, including grid and building facilities, will triple to 900 billion yen ($11 billion) in the year ending March 2016. Last month, Toshiba acquired smart meter company Landis+Gyr for $2.3 billion for the purpose of helping Toshiba expand the Smart Community Business Division.

As well as being a computer and chip maker, Toshiba also makes products for other industries including energy, health care and transportation. For instance, Toshiba’s power system company makes equipment for nuclear power plants, and its medical systems unit makes X-ray equipment and magnetic resonance imaging systems. As well, both companies are looking to jointly take part in green-city projects centering on emerging countries and devise systems for centrally managing power consumption in homes and factories.

“We believe that a synergistic convergence of Toshiba’s rich expertise in social infrastructure applications and solutions with HP’s advanced IT infrastructure, solutions and cloud services will open up ways to provide outstanding excellence in the ever-growing smart community business field,” said Toshiba vice president Toshiharu Watanabe StockMarketWire reports.