HP and Microsoft Collaborate On Cloud Services
Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services (HP, NYSE:HPQ) and Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) announced Thursday that they have agreed to a four-year deal that will offer a range of cloud services and engineering resources in order to collaborate, support and enhance their joint solutions.
"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 organization's specialized messaging and collaboration needs," says Mark Hill, vice president of Microsoft's Enterprise Partner Group.
HP will resell Microsoft Office 365 with its cloud applications geared primarily for small businesses, and the companies will collaborate to offer HP Enterprise Cloud Services on the hybrid cloud side. For public cloud, Microsoft will continue to offer its Microsoft Office 365 along with other of its collaboration and productivity tools, and for private cloud, HP will offer Microsoft Cloud Applications such as Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and Microsoft Lync Server 2010, from HP's data centers as part of its HP Enterprise Cloud Services (-Messaging, -Collaboration, and -Real-Time-Collaboration). Initial availability is expected this month in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australia.
This announcement comes on the heels of Microsoft offering some insight into Office 365's popularity since its release last June. Last week, without disclosing actual numbers, the company said that 90 percent of Office 365 customers have been small businesses with fewer than 50 employees. "Office 365 is being adopted eight times faster than its predecessor," said Andrew Kisslo, Office 365 group product manager, referring to Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Services, the suite of online applications that preceded Office 365. Microsoft also intimated that they will expand their trial availability of the Office 365 services to 22 additional countries beyond those where it is currently available.