Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Microsoft have partnered to deliver hybrid cloud computing via Microsoft Azure, HPE infrastructure and services, and new programme offerings.
As part of the extended partnership, Microsoft Azure will be the preferred public cloud partner for HPE customers, while HPE will serve as a preferred partner in providing infrastructure and services for Microsoft’s hybrid cloud offerings.
“HPE is committed to helping businesses transform to hybrid cloud environments in order to drive growth and value,” said Meg Whitman, president and CEO, HPE. “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.”
Together, HPE and Microsoft will introduce the first hyper-converged system with hybrid cloud capabilities, the HPE Hyper-Converged 250 for Microsoft Cloud Platform System Standard. The system will combine HPE ProLiant technology and Azure to bring Microsoft’s cloud services to customers’ data centres.
Business users can use an Azure management portal to self-deploy Windows and Linux workloads, while ensuring IT has central oversight. Azure services provide reliable backup and disaster recovery, and with HPE OneView for Microsoft System Center, customers will get an integrated management experience across all system components.
Meanwhile, HPE will offer hardware and software support, installation and startup services to customers to accelerate deployment, lower risk and decrease total cost of ownership.
“Our mission to empower every organisation on the planet is a driving force behind our broad partnership with HPE that spans Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Windows 10,” said Satya Nadella, CEO at Microsoft. “We are now extending our longstanding partnership by blending the power of Azure with HPE’s leading infrastructure, support and services to make the cloud more accessible to enterprises around the globe.”
The companies will also develop HPE Azure Centers of Excellence in Palo Alto, California and Houston, Texas, to ensure customers have a seamless hybrid cloud experience when leveraging Azure across HPE infrastructure, software and services.
In addition, HPE plans to certify an additional 5,000 Azure Cloud Architects through its Global Services Practice. This will extend its enterprise services offerings to bring customers an open, agile hybrid cloud with improved security that integrates with Azure.
Microsoft will join the HPE Composable Infrastructure Partner Program to advance the automation and integration of Microsoft System Center and HPE OneView orchestration tools.
Likewise, HPE has joined two Microsoft programmes that help customers accelerate their hybrid cloud journey through end-to-end cloud, mobility, identity and productivity solutions. As a participant in Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Provider programme, HPE will sell Microsoft cloud solutions across Azure, the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite and Office 365.
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