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EMC and Microsoft sign private cloud OS partnership

EMC and Microsoft have joined forces on the latter’s Cloud OS Accelerate Program with a view to helping customers of both companies to improve respective private clouds.

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The partnership builds on EMC’s VSPEX investment and will provide incentives for its customers and partners to hasten the deployment of Windows Server R2 with Hyper-V virtualisation on EMC infrastructure. It hopes those incentives will enable customers to use virtualisation, management and infrastructure innovation to improve performance, increase efficiency, and simplify management within a private cloud.

Jason Hepp, general manager of the Global Microsoft Solutions Business Unit at EMC, praised the tie up in a blog post where he explained that EMC’s VNX Unified Storage with Microsoft Private Cloud allows customers to support mixed virtual workloads.

The mixed virtual workloads can include SQL Server databases, Microsoft SharePoint collaboration, and Microsoft Exchange and Lync unified communication on Windows Server with Hyper-V.

“The new Proven Solution showcases an efficient virtual infrastructure with an efficient storage design that supports co-location of mixed workloads,” Hepp added.

EMC has been working on its cloud services extensively over the past 12 months and in September 2013 it launched the Project Nile initiative and at the same type aimed a swipe at public cloud rivals by suggesting that on-premise storage is cheaper than public clouds, according to Cloud Pro.

Project Nile, a flexible cloud storage system developed by the company, offers the same public cloud style storage that is instead hosted in the customer’s data centre or in a private cloud.

EMC expanded upon its VNX mid-range storage arrays at the same event in order to take full advantage of the Intel Sandy Bridge technologies that they are based upon and extract as much power as possible from them.