HP, Microsoft Engineer Cloud Partnership

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Companies tout four-year public, private and hybrid Cloud services initiative.

Companies tout four-year public, private and hybrid Cloud services initiative.

This week, HP and Microsoft announced a joint four-year public, private and hybrid Cloud services initiative. As part of the deal, the tech giants engineering teams will collaborate so they can offer various combinations of each others productivity and collaboration applications and services over the Cloud.

To start, on the private Cloud side, HP will deliver Microsoft's Exchange Server 2010, SharePoint Server 2010 and Lync Server 2010 productivity applications as services for its line of Enterprise Cloud Services (Messaging, Collaboration and Real-Time Collaboration) data center offerings. Microsoft, meanwhile, will offer Office 365 among other collaboration and productivity tools as part of the public-Cloud side of the deal, while HP—on the hybrid side—will resell Office 365 with its Enterprise Cloud Services data center services.

The purpose of the agreement is to encourage organizations to reap the benefits of Cloud Computing (i.e. rapid scalability) and shift IT from a capital to an operating expense, according to the companies.  There was no mention of how these offerings would apply to private Clouds situated onsite, however—likely because those would still likely require more in the way of CAPEX than OPEX expenditures.

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

This isn't the first time the tech giants have partnered on the Cloud. In a Converged Infrastructure agreement announced  back in January of 2010, they revealed plans to jointly invest $250 million over three years on a new collaboration stack technology for the data center.

HP and Microsoft plan to start offering their joint Cloud products and services in the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, before taking the partnership global.

James Alan Miller is Managing Editor of Tom's IT Pro. He is a veteran technology journalist with over seventeen years of experience creating and developing magazine and online content. Founding editor of numerous business and enterprise computing sites at the internet.com network, James headed up the After Hours section at PC Magazine, as well as hardware and software sections of various Windows publications.

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