Microsoft, HP launch US$250m cloud venture, as IBM wins biggest cloud project in the world

| January 15, 2010

hp_and_microsoft_thumbIT heavyweights Microsoft and HP is getting together in a US$250 cloud computing pact that will work on better integration of their respective technology platforms. The joint investment will see the companies develop and sell systems for the cloud computing space.

Both companies have been active in the cloud space, but each was approaching the market in two different direction. HP worked on optimising its hardware and data centre solutions for cloud computing. Microsoft launched a major cloud push in the second half of last year, with the launch of its Azure cloud platform, but its focus was more on partnering with service providers to and developing whitelabelled cloud platforms for its partners.

The new venture will aim to deliver an “infrastructure-to-application” solution for enterprise customers by combining HP’s hardware capabilities with Microsoft’s virtualisation and cloud platform. According to the companies, HP will reengineer some of its hardware to run Microsoft software, such as its SQL Server database and Hyper-V virtualisation software, as well as enhanced its HP Insight and Business Technology Optimisation solutions to better run Windows-based data centre environments. The companies will also add new Microsoft Systems Centre management tools to HP’s Proliant servers.

“With this strategic partnership, HP and Microsoft will collaborate on an engineering roadmap for data management machines; converged, prepackaged application solutions; comprehensive virtualization offerings; and integrated management tools.,” the companies said.

The new infrastructure-to-application model from HP and Microsoft will be delivered as integrated offerings for large, heterogeneous data center environments as well as through solutions designed for small and midsize businesses, the companies said. Solutions are available immediately, with new offerings being introduced throughout the next three years.

“This is all with a desire to make things simpler and easier for our customers,” said HP CEO Mark Hurd. “It’s about optimizing machine capability with software capability.”

The announcement comes as IBM announces that what this CNET report calls “the largest enterprise cloud computing deployment to date.”

According to the report, IBM has won a deal to migrate as many as 300,000 Panasonic employees off Microsoft Exchange and to IBM’s LotusLive cloud service, which already hosts some 18 million active accounts.

Sean Poulley, vice president of IBM Cloud Collaboration Services, told the report that its reputation in the enterprise space played a major part in the win.

No doubt, HP and Microsoft is looking to do the same with the new venture.

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