Over the next three years, Microsoft and Hewlett Packard will invest $250 million to help partner businesses to build the next generation of data centres and cloud computing.
The two computing giants will jointly develop a collaborative engineering roadmap which will offer new hardware, training and services in what they are calling 'smart bundles' to small and medium businesses.
New virtualisation systems will make it easier for a broad set of customers to improve server utilisation using Windows Server Hyper V and HP Insight software, all running no doubt on HP hardware.
The two companies will also deliver a set of pre-packaged and pre-configured data management and email set-ups that will deliver data warehousing, business intelligence, online transaction processing and messaging solutions straight out of the box. In the near future HP’s Insight software and business technology optimisation solutions will begin to integrate and interoperate with Microsoft’s System Center suite of products.
This means that customers with heterogeneous computing environments will be able to better manage hardware and software from Microsoft and non-Microsoft operating systems and applications. HP and Microsoft will also collaborate on the Windows Azure platform, with HP offering services, and Microsoft continuing to include HP hardware for Windows Azure infrastructure.
The partnership reckons that this agreement represents the industry’s most comprehensive end-to-end integrated technology stack across hardware and software - from infrastructure to application.
A spokesman said: "Through this long term partnership, Microsoft and HP are helping customers reduce costs and get the most of their investments today, as they prepare for a future of business computing in the cloud."