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HP, Microsoft to simplify tech environments

Posted: 15 Jan 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:HP Microsoft partnership  cloud computing  data centre 

Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft Corp. have inked a three-year agreement to invest Rs.1,170.56 crore ($250 million) to significantly 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.

This agreement represents the industry's most comprehensive technology stack integration to date — from infrastructure to application — and is intended to substantially improve the customer experience for developing, deploying and managing IT environments.

With this strategic partnership, HP and Microsoft will collaborate on an engineering roadmap for data management machines; converged, prepackaged application solutions; comprehensive virtualisation offerings; and integrated management tools. Delivered through their extensive sales and partner network, these dynamic IT solutions aim to provide:

An increased business efficiency through solutions that respond to changing business requirements by seamlessly converging server, storage, network and application resources in a highly automated, self-managed environment.

An improved application, performance, reliability and availability for some of the industry's top business applications, including Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft SQL Server, by creating a deeply optimised "machine" environment. This is achieved through turnkey, pre-integrated server, storage, networking and application packages. These data management and email machines provide "push button" simplicity in deployment and management.

These enhanced operations through integrated, interoperable virtualisation and management tools will allow technology environments to be automatically provisioned, managed and continuously self-tuned. Through the integration of HP Insight Software, HP Business Technology Optimisation software and Microsoft System Centre, enterprise customers use a unified management solution to automate application deployment along with infrastructure-to-application monitoring. This integration also delivers power and performance optimisation, while ensuring interoperability in a heterogeneous data centre environment.

Investment protection and low total cost of ownership, enabling customers to deploy systems with confidence.

The joint solutions are built on industry standards and designed to utilise existing data centre 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.

"Driving innovation helps businesses establish a competitive advantage," said Mark Hurd, HP chairman and CEO. "This collaboration will allow HP and Microsoft to offer our customers transformative technology that will reduce costs, generate business growth and accelerate innovation."

The new infrastructure-to-application model from HP and Microsoft will be delivered as integrated offerings for large, heterogeneous data centre 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.

"This agreement, which spans hardware, software and services, will enable business customers to optimise performance with push-button simplicity at the lowest-possible total cost of ownership," said Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft. "Our extended partnership will transform the way large enterprises deliver services to their customers, and help smaller organisations adopt IT to grow their businesses. Microsoft and HP are betting on each other so our customers don't have to gamble on IT."

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