HP and Microsoft announce joint private Cloud initiative

Infotech Lead India: HP and Microsoft announced their joint private Cloud initiative that features optimized, preintegrated solutions based on extensive joint technology development, and offers one-stop-shop life cycle sales and support.

Technology majors HP and Microsoft are simplifying and accelerating the evolution to cloud computing.

The Cloud deal between HP and Microsoft builds on the HP Converged Cloud strategy to extend the power of the cloud across infrastructure, applications and information, providing customers with choice, confidence and consistency.

Faisal Paul, head, marketing and solution alliances, Enterprise Group, HP India

“As customers move to private clouds, they are looking for a simplified approach that minimizes risks, increases their flexibility and allows for greater cost savings. Through this relationship with Microsoft, we’re providing customers with a trusted, single-source experience to provide them an easy on-ramp to cloud,” Faisal Paul, head, marketing and solution alliances, Enterprise Group, HP India.

Michael Park, corporate vice president, Windows Server Marketing, Microsoft

“Because Windows Server 2012 was built from the cloud up, it represents a transformational leap for businesses. The HP Converged Cloud solutions with Windows Server 2012 give customers a clear path to go beyond virtualization and accelerate their journey to the cloud,” said Michael Park, corporate vice president, Windows Server Marketing, Microsoft.

The expanded HP Converged Cloud offerings include the integration of HP CloudSystem and Microsoft solutions to help clients transform virtualized resources into self-service private and hybrid cloud environments.

With HP CloudSystem optimized for Microsoft, customers can streamline and expedite both the service design and provisioning processes using proven templates based on best practices, such as HP Cloud Maps, and virtually eliminate common risks associated with cloud deployments.

In addition, for midsized businesses looking for an economical entry point to cloud computing, HP and Microsoft have worked together to deliver a two-node HP Departmental Private Cloud Reference Architecture.

The integrated HP CloudSystem offerings include comprehensive interoperability between HP Insight Management and Microsoft System Center. This enables System Center to deploy, monitor and update HP infrastructure without the administrator having to switch between multiple consoles.

For HP customers purchasing cloud and virtualization solutions that include  Windows Server and Microsoft System Center, HP’s pricing will be competitive with their current Enterprise or Select Plus agreement.

Select HP Converged Cloud solutions, including the HP Departmental Private Cloud Reference Architecture, are available now through HP and its worldwide channel partners.

Solutions that require Systems Center 2012 SP1 will become available in early 2013.

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