Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft have teamed up to develop the cloud infrastructure in a three-year relationship which is being supported by a $250m investment.
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The two vendors aim to develop solutions that will be based around the cloud with the ultimate aim being to simplify the process for customers and sell via the channel a range of hosted applications.
Standing firmly behind the effort the CEOs at HP and Microsoft talked of the need to open up the cloud to customers that want the benefits of hosted applications.
“This collaboration with allow HP and Microsoft to offer our customers transformative technology that will reduce costs, generate business growth and accelerate innovation,” said Mark Hurd, HP chairman and CEO.
Channel partners of both vendors will get access to the fruits of the deal backed by financing from the vendors as well as the promise of dedicated field resources and extensive partner training.
Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, said that its partnership was not just aimed at producing solutions for the enterprise market but also the SME space.
“This agreement, which spans hardware, software and services, will enable business customers to optimize performance with push-button simplicity at the lowest-possible total cost of ownership,” he said.