Lot's of interesting stuff from HP CEO Leo Apotheker today about cloud computing and big data – specifically showcasing the acquisition of analytical database Vertica.  Looks like big data and analytics are a major strategic theme for HP going forward.  At today's presentation, "HP demonstrated a new “big data” appliance, leveraging the unmatched performance of HP computing power mated with real-time, high-speed analytics from Vertica Systems, which HP recently announced its agreement to acquire. HP expects to close the acquisition in its second fiscal quarter and have the HP-branded appliance ready for market immediately thereafter. The proposed HP Vertica solution will offer a choice of delivery options – from appliance, to software, and in the cloud."  You can read more at: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20110314006789/en/HP-Sets-Strategy-Lead-Connected-World-Services