While organisations are attracted by the flexibility and financial benefits of Cloud, they are struggling with how to get started quickly while addressing risk areas such as data loss, security and vendor lock-in. By providing a clear, proven path along with a single-vendor client experience, HP and Microsoft are greatly simplifying and accelerating the evolution to Cloud computing.
The agreement between HP and Microsoft Corp. builds on the HP Converged Cloud strategy to extend the power of the Cloud across infrastructure, applications and information, providing customers with choice, confidence and consistency. As the industry's first strategy and portfolio based on a single open architecture, HP Converged Cloud enables the integration of any combination of private, managed and public Cloud, as well as traditional IT.
The new HP and Microsoft Joint Private Cloud initiative includes:
"As customers move to private Clouds, they are looking for a simplified approach that minimizes risks, increases their flexibility and allows for greater cost savings", stated Stephen DeWitt, senior vice president, Enterprise Group, HP. "Through this relationship with Microsoft, were providing customers with a trusted, single-source experience to provide them an easy on-ramp to Cloud."
"Because Windows Server 2012 was built from the Cloud up, it represents a transformational leap for businesses. The HP Converged Cloud solutions with Windows Server 2012 give customers a clear path to go beyond virtualization and accelerate their journey to the Cloud", stated Michael Park, corporate vice president, Windows Server Marketing, Microsoft. "With this private cloud agreement and more than 30 years of proven co-operation, HP and Microsoft are committed to helping customers drive success for their organisations as they experience the benefits of the Cloud."
The expanded HP Converged Cloud offerings include the integration of HP CloudSystem and Microsoft solutions to help clients rapidly transform virtualized resources into self-service private and hybrid Cloud environments. HP CloudSystem optimized for Microsoft provides faster time to value by providing pre-integrated solutions that include HP Converged Infrastructure, Cloud management from HP, Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1.
With HP CloudSystem optimized for Microsoft, customers can streamline and expedite both the service design and provisioning processes using proven templates based on best practices, such as HP Cloud Maps, and virtually eliminate common risks associated with Cloud deployments. This solution also includes increased efficiency in storage management with HP 3PAR autonomic thin provisioning, automated data tiering and nondisruptive data mobility features.
In addition, for midsized businesses looking for an economical entry point to Cloud computing, HP and Microsoft have worked together to deliver a two-node HP Departmental Private Cloud Reference Architecture. This solution combines HP Converged Infrastructure with "shared nothing" live migration, Hyper-V replica and the other breakthrough capabilities of Windows Server 2012, optimally balancing price and simplicity with performance, manageability and high availability.
The integrated HP CloudSystem offerings include comprehensive interoperability between HP Insight Management and Microsoft System Center. This enables System Center to deploy, monitor and update HP infrastructure without the administrator having to switch between multiple consoles.
The HP and Microsoft integration enables enterprises to:
Clients can procure the entire HP CloudSystem optimized for Windows Server and Microsoft System Center directly from HP or an HP authorized reseller. Clients get a single point of contact for their HP-Microsoft solutions, including purchase, deployment, integration and maintenance, as well as support to enhance the customer experience and speed resolution time. In addition HP will be able to offer Windows Server 2012 and Systems Center 2012 at a price commensurate with a customer's existing Microsoft Enterprise Agreement, enabling HP to match the pricing level and offer the value of an end-to-end solution transaction.
The HP Departmental Private Cloud Reference Architecture is optimized for delivery through HP channel partners. As part of their multiyear agreement in Cloud and management, HP and Microsoft have earmarked significant funding for partner Cloud programmes, incentives, marketing, demand generation and training for sales and deployment of the HP Departmental Private Cloud.
For HP customers purchasing cloud and virtualization solutions that include Windows Server and Microsoft System Center, HPs pricing will be competitive with their current Enterprise or Select Plus agreement.
Select HP Converged Cloud solutions, including the HP Departmental Private Cloud Reference Architecture, are available now through HP and its worldwide channel partners. Solutions that require Systems Center 2012 SP1 will become available in early 2013.