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Thursday, January 14, 2010
HP and Microsoft Colaborate in Cloud Computing Solutions

HP and Microsoft today announced a three-year agreement to invest $250 million to simplify technology environments for businesses of all sizes.

The companies plan to deliver new solutions that will be built on a next-generation infrastructure-to-application model, advance cloud computing by speeding application implementation and eliminate complexities of IT management and automate existing manual processes to lower the overall costs.

With this strategic partnership, HP and Microsoft said that they woold collaborate on an engineering road map for data management machines; converged, pre-packaged application solutions; virtualization offerings; and integrated management tools.

"These dynamic IT solutions are expected to provide increased business efficiency through solutions that converging server, storage, network and application resources in an automated, self-managed environment," the companies explained.

By creating an optimized "machine" environment through pre-integrated server, storage, networking and application packages, the companies are promising to offer improved application performance, reliability and availability for some of the industry?s top business applications including Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft SQL Server.

Integrated, interoperable virtualization and management tools will also allow technology environments to be automatically provisioned, managed and continuously self-tuned. Through the integration of HP Insight Software, HP Business Technology Optimization software and Microsoft System Center with Microsoft Hyper-V Server, enterprises would use a unified management solution to automate application deployment along with infrastructure-to-application monitoring.

The joint solutions are built on industry standards and designed to utilize existing data center investments, all managed through a common framework. This approach is designed to enable customers to integrate private or public cloud computing models as their business requires. HP and Microsoft will collaborate on the Windows Azure platform, with HP and Microsoft offering services, and Microsoft continuing to invest in HP hardware for Windows Azure infrastructure.

The new infrastructure-to-application model from HP and Microsoft will be delivered as integrated offerings for large, heterogeneous data center environments as well as through solutions designed for small and midsize businesses. Solutions are available immediately, with new offerings being introduced throughout the next three years, the companies added.

Under the terms of the expanded partnership, the two companies will increase their global investment by 10 times to drive new opportunities for the 32,000 HP and Microsoft Frontline channel partners.

To speed return on investment (ROI) and increase business value, the integrated portfolio is complemented by new design, implementation and support services for the joint solutions. Through more than 11,000 Microsoft-certified HP professionals worldwide, HP Services, in partnership with Microsoft Services, will support the entire integrated hardware and software solution from simple implementations to the most critical enterprise infrastructure.

Services include architecture, design, pilot, global implementation, support for server virtualization and management solutions, client virtualization, data management, and cloud computing as well as per-seat fixed-price Microsoft Exchange Server upgrade/migration services.

More information about the HP and Microsoft agreement is available at http://www.hp.com/solutions/microsoft/infra2apps.

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