PALO ALTO, Calif. — HP today announced the first phase of HP SMB IT in a Box—a “one-stop shop” technology solution for small and medium business (SMB) customers.
Marked by HP’s entry into the Google Apps Reseller program today, HP SMB IT in a Box will leverage existing innovative HP hardware, including PCs and printers, with Google Apps for Business, Google’s easy-to-use, cloud-based communication and collaboration tools. More than 5 million businesses currently run on Google Apps for Business, which includes Gmail, IM, Calendar, Drive, Docs and more. With HP’s unique management software layer and minimal setup, HP SMB IT in a Box can simplify customers’ IT environment and help reduce their operating costs and infrastructure requirements while improving their workflows and workforce productivity.
This initiative represents HP’s latest collaboration with Google. HP already offers a number of products based on Google’s Android and Chrome operating systems including the HP SlateBook x2, HP Slate7 and the HP Chromebook.
If HP and Google can deliver accessible solutions for the SMB, they could extend this to capitalise on bolt on services based around cloud technology for backup and applications down the wire for additional revenue and end user experience. I do love the concept, leveraging the best of Google’s applications to deliver everything a small business needs sounds very cool, their HP SMB IT in a Box solution therefore does really appeal, I wonder if this will be include a HP ProLiant MicroServer based offering, very smart and very exciting!