Hybrid Cloud Brings Microsoft and HPE Closer
The companies outline their joint hybrid cloud product and services plans as Hewlett Packard Enterprise flies solo.Last month, Microsoft clarified what form its long-standing Windows partnership would take with a post-split Hewlett-Packard. Now, Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprise's (HPE's) hybrid cloud ambitions are coming into sharper focus. This week, during Discover 2015, HPE's technology conference in London, the companies announced a wide range of Azure-powered products and services aimed at helping customers gain a foothold on the cloud. "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," Meg Whitman, HPE president and CEO, said in a statement to the press. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella also chimed in, saying the company is extending its "longstanding partnership by blending the power of Azure with HPE's leading infrastructure, support and services to and make the cloud more accessible to enterprises around the globe." HPE also serves as a conduit to Microsoft's growing Azure cloud computing ecosystem. "The significance of our joint work with HPE is about providing support as enterprises embrace the hybrid cloud, public cloud services, hybrid cloud infrastructure, and trusted advisors to help guide the journey. HPE has long been a leader and innovator in infrastructure and services," Garth Fort, general manager of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise Marketing group, said in a Dec. 1 announcement.
Some of that work entails bringing some of Microsoft's expertise in cloud computing into customer data centers with new converged hardware appliances.