HP Adds 40 Training Centers Globally for SMBs, Pledges More Expansion

Vendor adds new SMB-focused solutions, offers financing options.

Hewlett-Packard Co. said last week that it has added 40 new training centers to its HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE), a global program to help entrepreneurs and small business owners develop necessary IT and business skills to drive growth.

The vendor, which pegs the SMB market at some $234 billion, said that in the past four years it has spent upwards of $20 million on the training program, an investment it calculates has resulted in creating 20,000 jobs and about 6,500 new businesses.

HP also rolled out two new SMB-aimed machines, one geared toward productivity (Proliant ML100 G7), and another to scale performance (ProLiant DL120 G7 server).

The company also unveiled two new switches, a web-managed unit (V1810-48G) to simplify deployment and management, and an entry-level networking solution, (V1410 unmanaged Fast Ethernet switch).

The vendor also offered new PC Backup Services (PCBS) for SMBs and large enterprises to retain access to critical data in case of an outage or other circumstance; Business Risk Migration and Branch Office Consolidation, to help SMBs lower the risk of business disruptions, and two appliances for SMBs and mid-sized organizations to mine customer data.

HP said that its Financial Services arm is offering a zero percent, 12-month lease with a $1 purchase option, or a zero percent, 36-month lease with a fair market value purchase option on equipment priced between $1,500 and $250,000 for businesses in North America .

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