Business Critical Systems

Ric Lewis

Vice President and General Manager, Business Critical Systems and Converged Application Systems


The expectations of immediate data access and dependability have been delivered from HP for decades – running systems such as ATM’s, flight reservations, credit card processing and similar applications. HP’s Project Odessey is a key project from the HP Integrity server line, and taking that mission critical expertise onto the X86 platform, using the Xeon processor line. HP’s joint announcement with Intel on the Folsom processor will result in up to 3x performance improvement and a 33% cost of ownership reduction.

Ric talks about the replacement cycle that HP customers are considering and how many are finding  the TCO advantage  to be be compelling, with payback cycles of less than one year, in some situations.


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Ric Lewis is general manager of Business Critical Systems (BCS) and Converged Application Systems (CAS) within HP’s Enterprise Group business unit. In this role, he is responsible for delivering HP’s commitment to providing industry-leading innovations for our portfolio of mission-critical systems and converged application systems to enterprise customers.


Previously, Lewis served as vice president of BCS Hardware and Technology Systems and as general manager of the HP NonStop Enterprise Division. During his tenure as vice president of BCS Hardware Systems and Technology, Lewis was responsible for delivering all server technology innovations for the Business Critical Server product line. As general manager for the NonStop Enterprise Division, he was also responsible for the entire NonStop enterprise business including strategy, development, product management, and delivery of the HP Integrity NonStop family of servers, database software and solutions.

Lewis joined HP in 1987 and spent his earlier years leading design teams in computer system, chipset, CPU, and firmware development for a broad range of products spanning from workstations to high-end servers.


He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Utah State University, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and a master’s degree in business administration from Santa Clara University.


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