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Microsoft & HP Launch Four New Business Appliances

Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard have jointly unveiled four new server appliances that the companies have developed under a $250 million alliance that they announced last year.

The companies said that two appliances will be available immediately, while the other two will be offered later in the year. All four appliances will come equipped with Microsoft's enterprise solutions.

The HP Business Decision Appliance, which is available from today, comes with SharePoint 2010, SQL Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008 R2 installed on an HP server. The server is available for $28,000 with three years of support, with consumers having to purchase SharePoint and SQL Server licenses separately.

The Enterprise Data Warehouse Appliance, which also launched today, is equipped with SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse edition that run on multiple servers that can be scaled to up to 40 in number. The appliance is available now for $2 million.

Paul Miller, the VP of solutions and strategic alliances for HP's server business, told Cnet in an interview: “I think this is the most significant appliance announcement that we've ever seen in our industry. This is significant partnership, crossing all parts of our business from the enterprise, storage and networking organization, our services organization and our HP software organization.”