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InfoWorld: Can You Bet the Server Farm on HP?

May 09, 2003, 11:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ed Scannell)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"HP has pursued a dual consumer-brand strategy, marketing the Compaq Presario and HP Pavilion desktops. HP chose to make the Pavilion into its high-end, consumer desktop machine, whereas the Presario line offered a step down in available features, says Jim McDonnell, vice president of sales and marketing in the personal systems group at HP.

"The result has seen HP jockeying with Dell for the glory of No. 1 PC maker, a game of PC-leapfrog analysts believe could last at least through the end of this year.

"Meanwhile, HP faces the risky proposition of supporting both Linux and Microsoft. 'Linux has created a new tension in this whole ball game. Three or four years ago, OEMs placed their bets on Microsoft or Microsoft. But Linux has created a new power dynamic, and I think HP needs to play the Linux card very carefully and shrewdly,' says Dana Gardner, a vice president at Boston-based The Yankee Group..."

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