HPE, Microsoft Launch First Product, Expand Hybrid Cloud Partnership

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is wasting no time exploiting its new partnership with Microsoft. The technology company, which was formerly the enterprise half of Hewlett Packard?EU?s business before the company split in two, said yesterday it would be partnering with Microsoft to introduce a new appliance to the market pre-loaded with Windows Server 2012 R2, HPE OneView for Microsoft System Center, and Windows Azure Pack.

The appliance, which goes by the official moniker of HPE Hyper-Converged 250 for Microsoft Cloud Platform System Standard, is designed to help enterprise clients build private cloud platforms using Microsoft?EU?s Azure technology. The system will allow companies to deploy both Linux and Windows workloads themselves. The application will be available for order starting today.

Competing with AWS

The launch of HPE?EU?s latest appliance follows last month?EU?s announcement that it would be partnering with Microsoft to develop a hybrid cloud computing platform. The deal essentially replaces HPE?EU?s proprietary public cloud service, which it shut down in October, with Microsoft?EU?s Azure platform. It also positions the Microsoft-HP partnership as the leading competitor to Amazon Web Services for dominance of the cloud services market.

?EU?Public cloud services, like those Azure provides, are an important aspect of a hybrid cloud strategy and Microsoft Azure blends perfectly with HPE solutions to deliver what our customers need most,?EU? said Meg Whitman, president and CEO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

As a result of the partnership, Microsoft Azure will act as a preferred public cloud partner for HPE enterprise customers while HPE will serve as a preferred partner in providing infrastructure and services for Microsoft?EU?s hybrid cloud offerings. The companies said they will collaborate in engineering and services to integrate compute platforms for the enterprise market. HPE said that as a result of the partnership, it will enable Azure consumption and services on every HPE server.

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