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Hewlett Packard Enterprise ties up with Microsoft to push hybrid cloud

HPE will use Azure as its public cloud service to build out its hybrid cloud portfolio

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has partnered with Microsoft to offer Azure as its public cloud offering, in a bid to establish itself as a hybrid cloud provider.

The Microsoft tie-up builds on HPE’s Helion private cloud, based on OpenStack and Cloud Foundry, by offering IT departments a way to bridge public and private clouds.

“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,” said HPE CEO and president Meg Whitman.

HPE also plans to certify an additional 5,000 Azure cloud architects through its global services practice. It said this will extend its enterprise services offerings to bring customers a hybrid cloud that integrates with Azure.

“Our mission to empower every organisation on the planet is a driving force behind our broad partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise that spans Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Windows 10,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

“We are now extending our 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.”

As part of the announcement, HPE unveiled the HPE Hyper-Converged 250 for Microsoft Cloud Platform System. This combines HPE ProLiant servers with Microsoft Azure, to give users the ability to choose where and how they want to leverage the cloud.

An Azure management portal enables business users to self-deploy Windows and Linux workloads, while ensuring IT has central oversight. Azure services provide reliable backup and disaster recovery, HPE said.

The company also announced a cloud broker designed to bring together private and public cloud applications for easier IT management. HPE said its Helion Managed Cloud Broker service provides IT administrators with control and instant visibility over an organisation’s IT assets, from traditional IT to private and public clouds. It also allows the orchestration of all of these assets to improve responsiveness, financial management and user satisfaction, the firm added.

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