HP and Microsoft offer cloud communications

Jennifer Scott News
8 Dec, 2011

The two US giants team up in a four year deal to offer communications to enterprises and governments.

HP and Microsoft today announced a major new four year partnership to deliver communications over the cloud.

Microsoft is set to offer software including Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and Microsoft Lync Server 2010, using HP’s cloud data centres, whilst HP will become an Office 365 reseller on behalf of Microsoft.

The companies were keen to emphasise they would offer a private, public or hybrid solution, depending on customer desires, and that after partnering for 25 years on other products, the partnership was a strong one.

“Large organisations, particularly those in regulated industries like financial services and public sector, have demanding functionality and service level requirements,” said Brandt Faatz, vice president of workplace services in the HP Enterprise Services division.

“HP and Microsoft help meet these needs with a flexible range of global, cost-efficient, cloud-based productivity solutions running on the latest technology.”

The specifics on offer are:

  • Private cloud: Based inside HP’s data centres but with dedicated servers, HP will offer its Enterprise Cloud Services – Messaging, Collaboration and Real-Time Collaboration for providing Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and Microsoft Lync Server 2010 as a service.
  • Public: Microsoft will continue to office its Office 365 suite over the public cloud to customers.
  • Hybrid: HP will use Enterprise Cloud Services – Messaging, Collaboration and Real-Time Collaboration and resell Office 365 alongside it.

The new portfolio is set to launch within the month in the UK, US, Australia and Canada.

“Microsoft is committed to putting the unique and ever-evolving needs of customers at the core of cloud innovation," said Mark Hill, vice president of the enterprise partner group at Microsoft.

“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 organisation’s specialised messaging and collaboration needs.”

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