HP and Microsoft join forces to deliver private, public and hybrid clouds

Hewlett Packard (HP) and Microsoft today announced a 4 year initiative to deliver "leading communications and collaboration applications via global private and public clouds," which will offer a range of cloud solutions to organizations.

HP and Microsoft will distribute a range of cloud servers to organizations, the clouds come in 3 different types, of which are:

• Private cloud: HP Enterprise Cloud Services – Messaging, HP Enterprise Cloud Services – Collaboration and HP Enterprise Cloud Services – Real-Time Collaboration deliver Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and Microsoft Lync Server 2010 productivity applications as a service from HP datacenters around the world.

• Public cloud: Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft’s Office collaboration and productivity tools, will be delivered by Microsoft through the cloud.

• Hybrid solution: HP will resell Microsoft Office 365 with HP Enterprise Cloud Services – Messaging, HP Enterprise Cloud Services – Collaboration and HP Enterprise Cloud Services – Real-Time Collaboration.

Both companies will also collaborate to support and enhance new solutions, which will launch globally with initial availability this month in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and the United States.

Brandt Fattz, vice president, Workplace Services at HP, said, “Large organizations, particularly those in regulated industries like financial services and public sector, have demanding functionality and service level requirements. HP and Microsoft help meet these needs with a flexible range of global, cost-efficient, cloud-based productivity solutions running on the latest technology.”

Mark Hill, Enterprise partner group at Microsoft said, “Microsoft is committed to putting the unique and ever-evolving needs of customers at the core of cloud innovation. This alliance with HP not only broadens Microsoft’s geographic reach, it gives customers maximum flexibility to choose a cloud computing solution that meets their organization’s specialized messaging and collaboration needs.”

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