Follow Us

We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message

Microsoft and HP team up on public and private cloud services

Microsoft uses HP’s cloud data centres and HP becomes Office 365 reseller

Article comments

HP and Microsoft have announced a new four-year partnership to deliver public, private and hybrid cloud solutions built around Microsoft Office 365 and its on-premise equivalents.

Under the terms of the deal, Microsoft will 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.

The specific offerings include:

  • Private: HP's Enterprise Cloud Services (including Messaging, Collaboration and Real-Time Collaboration) will deliver Microsoft Exchange Server, SharePoint Server and Lync Server productivity applications as a service from HP data centres around the world.
  • Public: Microsoft will continue to deliver its Office 365 suite over the public cloud.  
  • Hybrid: HP will use Enterprise Cloud Services and resell Office 365 alongside it.

The offerings will eventually be available globally, but with initial availability this month in the UK, US, Australia and Canada.

“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 at HP Enterprise Services.

“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.”

Microsoft launched Office 365 earlier this year, after more than eight months of hype. The company hopes the new service will propel its popular Office software into the cloud computing era, and help it to challenge Google Apps in the cloud productivity space.

Office 365 has been broadly welcomed as a solid cloud offering for small and medium businesses, but the service got off to a shaky start, with millions of Office 365 users left stranded by a global outage caused by DNS problems in September.

Despite this, Microsoft claims that Office 365 is selling eight times faster than its predecessor, the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), and is on track to become one of the company's fastest-growing products ever.

However, the claims were met with skepticism from several analysts, including Gartner's Matthew Cain and IDC's Melissa Webster. Cain said the figures were less an organic consequence of early sales success and more a competitive response to product improvements and customer wins for Apps.

"Microsoft's Office 365 momentum announcements, which are clearly in reaction to Google's Apps momentum announcement, demonstrate the high-stakes game being played out for ownership of the enterprise collaboration cloud," said Cain.



Share:

More from Techworld

More relevant IT news

Comments



Send to a friend

Email this article to a friend or colleague:

PLEASE NOTE: Your name is used only to let the recipient know who sent the story, and in case of transmission error. Both your name and the recipient's name and address will not be used for any other purpose.

Techworld White Papers

Choose – and Choose Wisely – the Right MSP for Your SMB

End users need a technology partner that provides transparency, enables productivity, delivers...

Download Whitepaper

10 Effective Habits of Indispensable IT Departments

It’s no secret that responsibilities are growing while budgets continue to shrink. Download this...

Download Whitepaper

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving

Enterprise information archiving is contributing to organisational needs for e-discovery and...

Download Whitepaper

Advancing the state of virtualised backups

Dell Software’s vRanger is a veteran of the virtualisation specific backup market. It was the...

Download Whitepaper

Techworld UK - Technology - Business

Innovation, productivity, agility and profit

Watch this on demand webinar which explores IT innovation, managed print services and business agility.

Techworld Mobile Site

Access Techworld's content on the move

Get the latest news, product reviews and downloads on your mobile device with Techworld's mobile site.

Find out more...

From Wow to How : Making mobile and cloud work for you

On demand Biztech Briefing - Learn how to effectively deliver mobile work styles and cloud services together.

Watch now...

Site Map

* *