Microsoft Signs Four-year Cloud Partnership with HP

Microsoft has signed a four year pact with Hewlett Packard to make its cloud based communication and collaboration services available on HP's public and private cloud offerings.

According to the companies, the four year agreement will involve Microsoft's cloud based communication platforms being made available on HP's public, private and hybrid cloud computing platforms.

The private cloud portfolio being offered under the partnership includes HP Enterprise Cloud Services-Messaging, HP Enterprise Cloud Services-Collaboration and HP Enterprise Cloud Services-Real-Time Collaboration platforms, which will deliver Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and Microsoft Lync Server 2010 productivity applications.

The public cloud offering will include Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft's Office collaboration and productivity tools while the hybrid cloud will run Microsoft's Office 365 offering on HP Enterprise Cloud Services-Messaging, HP Enterprise Cloud Services-Collaboration and HP Enterprise Cloud Services - Real-Time Collaboration platforms.

"Large organizations, particularly those in regulated industries like financial services and public sector, have demanding functionality and service level requirements," said Brandt Faatz, vice president, Workplace Services, HP Enterprise Services reports The Register.

"HP and Microsoft help meet these needs with a flexible range of global, cost-efficient, cloud-based productivity solutions running on the latest technology." he added.

Find the Microsoft Press Release here.