HP Delivers Windows Azure Built on HP Converged Infrastructure In Collaboration With Microsoft

HP and Microsoft today announced their intention to work together on a Microsoft
Windows Azure platform appliance
that will enable large enterprise customers
to confidently and rapidly adopt cloud-based applications as businesses needs
change and grow.

The companies will work together to deliver a complete hardware, software,
services and sourcing solution that will accelerate customers’ transition to the
Windows Azure platform. Customers will be able to manage the appliance with HP
Converged Infrastructure
on-premises or choose HP data center hosting

Enterprise customers adopting cloud services need a comprehensive approach,
including application modernization support, an optimized infrastructure
platform as well as flexible sourcing options. With the new Windows Azure
platform appliance, HP and Microsoft will help customers rapidly scale
applications, deliver new online services and migrate Windows and .NET-based
applications to the cloud. This latest collaboration extends the $250 million
Infrastructure-to-Application initiatives HP and Microsoft announced
in January and will result in HP delivering:

  • Data center hosting services – HP Enterprise Services will combine
    deep systems management expertise, standardized processes and world-class secure
    data centers to manage the Windows Azure platform appliances for HP customers.
    HP and Microsoft plan to release a limited production Windows Azure platform
    appliance for deployment in HP data centers by the end of the year.
  • Converged Infrastructure for Windows Azure – HP’s current position as
    a primary infrastructure provider for the Windows Azure platform, coupled with
    HP and Microsoft’s ongoing efforts to optimize Microsoft applications for HP’s
    Converged Infrastructure through extensive joint engineering and development,
    will allow HP to deliver an industry-leading cloud deployment experience for its
    customers. The Converged Infrastructure for the Windows Azure platform appliance
    will include:

    • HP Networking,
      which delivers to customers a flexible network fabric that is simpler,
      higher-performing and more secure, at up to 65 percent lower cost of ownership
      than competitive solutions.
    • HP ProLiant
      servers, which are highly dense, highly scalable computing platforms that help
      customers speed application delivery, better utilize IT resources and achieve
      strong returns on investments.
    • The appliance can be deployed in HP Performance-Optimized Datacenters (PODs),
      which deliver improved power and data center capacity as well as rapid data
      center expansion. HP PODs allow customers to increase capacity without the
      capital expense of brick-and-mortar construction. They will be used in addition
      to traditional data center deployments.
  • Application modernization, migration and integration services for Windows
    – HP’s expertise in complex environments, specific industries,
    frameworks, processes and resources will help customers modernize, migrate and
    integrate their applications while balancing costs and speed when adopting the
    Windows Azure platform.

“Customers want to refocus their resources in managing their business and
out-task IT processes like software acquisition and maintenance,” said Sean
Kenny, senior vice president, Worldwide Applications and Business Process
Outsourcing, HP Enterprise Services. “HP is the only technology company that can
combine the Windows Azure platform with the industry’s best people, processes
and Converged Infrastructure technology to remove the complexity of migrating
applications to the cloud.”

”Microsoft and HP will align engineering, sales and professional services to
provide enterprise customers a full-range of cloud services and technologies
where they want it and how they want it,” said Bob Muglia, president of Server
and Tools Business, Microsoft Corp. “By adopting the Windows Azure platform
appliance, customers will have a clear path to adopt a proven cloud platform
that integrates with their existing investments and expertise. The Windows Azure
platform appliance will provide customers with a turn-key solution to address
new business scenarios that require rapid scaling of applications and deliver
services that are predictable, immediately consumable and more cost


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