HP: Move to automate more data centers will cost some IT pros their jobs

In an effort to automate and streamline much of its business, HP lays off 9,000 workers but hire 6,000 with different types of skills.

HP made a call to its investors just before the market opened on June 1 to announce changes it will be making: A $1 billion investment in data center automation and charges against jobs cuts.

9,000 employees will be affected by job cuts at HP, many of these likely hold IT operations positions, such as system administrators. However, the company plans to hire 6,000 more people with IT architectural and sales skills.

Experts say that HP will move its customers to more standardized platforms and technologies, and potentially offer public and private cloud services. It will turn its focus to x86 applications for consolidation and virtualization rather than mainframe and Unix systems.

By Toni Bowers

Toni Bowers is the former Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.