Hewlett-Packard plans to bolster its cloud capabilities by making a substantial investment in China.

The company announced the launch this week of a five-year growth plan for China, which will include expanding its operations in Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjian, and making new investments in Chongqing.

“China’s vibrant economy, explosive growth in social and mobile connectivity, and strong commitment to innovation present tremendous opportunities for HP,” chief executive Leo Apotheker said in a statement. “We see huge potential in China to deliver on our vision for the connected world spanning cloud and connectivity, from the consumer through to the enterprise.”

At a gathering of Chinese industry analysts and journalists in Beijing, Apotheker noted China has the world’s largest Internet population and it needs increased investments in infrastructure to support bandwidth-hungry mobile platforms and applications.

Apotheker discussed the role cloud computing can play in meeting China’s goals.

HP’s strategy included the following: 

  • The company unveiled the first HP Cloud Executive Briefing Center in Tianjin. The center gives customers an opportunity to create a blueprint for a public, private, or hybrid cloud environment.
  • HP said it will open a new enterprise storage and networking research center in Beijing, which will serve as a global hub for networking and analytics research.
  • The company will expand its presence in Shanghai, with additional manufacturing facilities, and by consolidating its existing sites into one multipurpose, state-of-the-art campus.
  • It will also establish a China regional headquarters for its personal systems group in Shanghai.



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