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New HP Enterprise sees cloud ties with Amazon, others
by Staff Writers
New York (AFP) Nov 2, 2015


Data hogs force Microsoft to cut cloud storage
Washington Nov 3, 2015 - Microsoft has decided to end its unlimited cloud storage offering, saying a small number of users abused the system. "Since we started to roll out unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 consumer subscribers, a small number of users backed up numerous PCs and stored entire movie collections and DVR recordings," Microsoft said in a statement on Monday. In some cases, Microsoft said users stored more than 75 terabytes "or 14,000 times the average" for its consumer cloud service called OneDrive. "Instead of focusing on extreme backup scenarios, we want to remain focused on delivering high-value productivity and collaboration experiences that benefit the majority of OneDrive users," Microsoft said. It will end the unlimited storage plan for subscribers to Office 365 Home, Personal, or University, and instead provide one terabyte. The free storage for other OneDrive users will be cut from 15 gigabytes to five gigabytes, and the company will offer a 50 gigabyte plan for $1.99 per month, while discontinuing 100 GB and 200 GB paid plans. Changes will begin in early 2016, Microsoft said. "These changes are needed to ensure that we can continue to deliver a collaborative, connected, and intelligent service," the statement said. "They will allow us to continue to innovate and make OneDrive the best option for people who want to be productive and do more."

The newly spun-off tech giant HP Enterprise has decided not to compete in public cloud computing and will seek partnerships with Amazon and others, chief executive Meg Whitman said Monday.

Speaking following a historic breakup of computing giant Hewlett-Packard, Whitman said the new group focusing on software and services will be both competing with and collaborating with other big technology firms.

Whitman told reporters in New York that HP Enterprise -- spun off Hewlett Packard along with its printer and PC unit called HP Inc. -- decided last week to exit the "public cloud" business of making data storage available to all customers.

But HP Enterprise will continue in the "hybrid cloud" business of working with companies to store data both on-site and in outside data centers.

"It's a hybrid world," she said. "We decided to not play in the public cloud space anymore because it's very capital intensive and Amazon is way up in front."

Over time, she added that it's likely that "we will end up partnering with Amazon."

Whitman said there could be other deals working with Google and Microsoft, which are also major cloud providers.

"Sometimes you are very good friends with a company and at that same time you also compete," she said.

"I think we all know that in this world, you have to keep both thoughts in your mind."

Hewlett-Packard officially split into two entities on Sunday, opening a new chapter for the 77-year-old US technology legend among the founding fathers of Silicon Valley.

The aim is to develop a sharper focus both for the enterprise unit and the PC-printer division that made it a household name but has become fiercely competitive and less lucrative in recent years.

In the first day of trading on Wall Street, HPE shares fell 1.6 percent to $14.46, while HP Inc. rallied 13 percent to $13.83.

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