Microsoft signs up HP as .net development partner

Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft have created a technology, sales and services alliance, backed by a joint $50m (£32m) investment,...

Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft have created a technology, sales and services alliance, backed by a joint $50m (£32m) investment, which will promote the development of systems and applications based on .net.

HP intends to give more than 5,000 of its salespeople .net training and will certify 3,000 employees from its services division to design, build and deploy systems based on the Web-based software platform. HP has also committed itself to forming a new group of .net solution architects in addition to existing employees that will be trained on the software.

The announcement brings momentum to Microsoft's broad .net initiative, which is being designed so that companies can build Web-based applications and services as well as share data among disparate software and hardware systems. HP's expanded relationship with Microsoft is intended to ensure that customers can turn to the company when building systems based on .net.

The two companies promise to create one of the world's largest, most specialised forces of .net consultants and system architects and will establish a worldwide sales force dedicated to selling and deploying .net software systems on HP hardware.

The deal combines HP's servers and infrastructure hardware products, as well as its services division, with Microsoft's .net initiative. Microsoft is rolling out new server software based on .net and has already made available tools and infrastructure software for building and deploying .net applications.

HP said it has named .net as the application platform of choice to run on its ProLiant Servers. In turn, Microsoft has endorsed HP as a "worldwide prime integrator".

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