Press Release: 26. September 2012

HP Accelerates Enterprises’ Journey to the Cloud

HP CloudSystem optimized for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 delivers single-vendor experience

SINGAPORE, 26 September2012 — HP today announced it is expanding its Converged Cloudportfolio with joint HP and Microsoft solutions that simplify andenhance every aspect of a client’s private cloud journey.

The HP and Microsoft JointPrivate Cloud initiative features optimized, preintegratedsolutions based on extensive joint technology development, andoffers one-stop-shop life cycle sales and support. 

While organizations areattracted by the flexibility and financial benefits of cloud, theyare struggling with how to get started quickly while addressingrisk areas such as data loss, security and vendor lock-in. Byproviding a clear, proven path along with a single-vendor clientexperience, HP and Microsoft are greatly simplifying andaccelerating the evolution to cloud computing.

The agreement between HPand Microsoft Corp. builds on the HP Converged Cloud strategy toextend the power of the cloud across infrastructure, applicationsand information, providing customers with choice, confidence andconsistency. As the industry’s first strategy and portfolio basedon a single open architecture, HP Converged Cloud enables theintegration of any combination of private, managed and publiccloud, as well as traditional IT.

The new HP and MicrosoftJoint Private Cloud initiative includes:

  • Accelerated on-ramp to cloud deployment with new preintegratedsolutions and reference architectures

  • Simplified management across both physical and virtualenvironments with comprehensive management integration  

  • Trusted single-source engagement with Windows Server 2012 andMicrosoft System Center 2012 SP1 available directly from HP

“As customers move toprivate clouds, they are looking for a simplified approach thatminimizes risks, increases their flexibility and allows for greatercost savings,” said Stephen DeWitt, senior vice president,Enterprise Group, HP. “Through this relationship with Microsoft,we’re providing customers with a trusted, single-source experienceto provide them an easy on-ramp to cloud.”

“Because Windows Server2012 was built from the cloud up, it represents a transformationalleap for businesses. The HP Converged Cloud solutions with WindowsServer 2012 give customers a clear path to go beyond virtualizationand accelerate their journey to the cloud,” said Michael Park,corporate vice president, Windows Server Marketing, Microsoft.“With this private cloud agreement and more than 30 years of provencooperation, HP and Microsoft are committed to helping customersdrive success for their organizations as they experience thebenefits of the cloud.”

Accelerated path toprivate cloud
The expanded HP Converged Cloud offerings include theintegration of HP CloudSystem and Microsoft solutions to helpclients rapidly transform virtualized resources into self-serviceprivate and hybrid cloud environments. HP CloudSystem optimized forMicrosoft provides faster time to value by providing preintegratedsolutions that include HP Converged Infrastructure, cloudmanagement from HP, Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft System Center2012 SP1. 

With HP CloudSystemoptimized for Microsoft, customers can streamline and expedite boththe service design and provisioning processes using proventemplates based on best practices, such as HP Cloud Maps, andvirtually eliminate common risks associated with cloud deployments.This solution also includes increased efficiency in storagemanagement with HP 3PAR autonomic thin provisioning, automated datatiering and nondisruptive data mobility features.

In addition, for midsizedbusinesses looking for an economical entry point to cloudcomputing, HP and Microsoft have worked together to deliver atwo-node HP Departmental Private Cloud Reference Architecture. Thissolution combines HP Converged Infrastructure with “shared nothing”live migration, Hyper-V replica and the other breakthroughcapabilities of Windows Server 2012, optimally balancing price andsimplicity with performance, manageability and highavailability.

The integrated HP CloudSystem offerings includecomprehensive interoperability between HP Insight Management andMicrosoft System Center. This enables System Center to deploy,monitor and update HP infrastructure without the administratorhaving to switch between multiple consoles.

The HP and Microsoftintegration enables enterprises to:

  • Save time and training costs while consolidating operationswithmore than 1,400 points of integration between HP InsightControland Microsoft System Center(1)

  • Reduce risk and remove the need for scheduled downtimewithnondisruptive, cluster-aware firmware and driver updates forHPProLiant servers

  • Deliver seven times faster volume creation and livestoragemigration with minimal network impact using HP 3PAR andWindowsServer 2012 offload data transfer (ODX)(2)

  • Allow IT departments to move virtual machines between sites upto100 kilometers apart without disrupting end users.

Clients can procure the entire HP CloudSystem optimizedfor Windows Server and Microsoft System Center directly from HP oran HP authorized reseller. Clients get a single point of contactfor their HP-Microsoft solutions, including purchase, deployment,integration and maintenance, as well as support to enhance thecustomer experience and speed resolution time. In addition HP willbe able to offer Windows Server 2012 and Systems Center 2012 at aprice commensurate with a customer’s existing Microsoft EnterpriseAgreement, enabling HP to match the pricing level and offer thevalue of an end-to-end solution transaction.

HP DepartmentalPrivate Cloud Reference Architecture
The HP Departmental Private Cloud Reference Architectureis optimized for delivery through HP channel partners. As part oftheir multiyear agreement in cloud and management, HP and Microsofthave earmarked significant funding for partner cloud programs,incentives, marketing, demand generation and training for sales anddeployment of the HP Departmental Private Cloud.

Pricing andavailability
For HP customers purchasing cloud and virtualizationsolutions that include  Windows Server and Microsoft System Center,HP’s pricing will be competitive with their current Enterprise orSelect Plus agreement.

Select HP Converged Cloudsolutions, including the HP Departmental Private Cloud ReferenceArchitecture, are available now through HP and its worldwidechannel partners. Solutions that require Systems Center 2012 SP1will become available in early 2013.

Additional information isavailable at WindowsServer 2012.

  1. Based on HP internal sales estimates of HP CloudSystem andothercloud solutions.
  2. Results depend on IP network bandwidth, server and arraymodels,drive types and rotational speeds, number of disk drivesand otherfactors based on HP internal testing and analysis.

Microsoft and Windows areU.S. registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.

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