Press Release: December 08, 2011

HP and Microsoft Deliver Global Communications and Collaboration Solutions via the Cloud

Public and private cloud services to provide IT efficiency and flexibility for enterprises and governments

PALO ALTO, Calif., and REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 8, 2011 – HP Enterprise Services and Microsoft Corp. today announced a global, four-year initiative to deliver Microsoft’s leading communications and collaboration applications via global private and public cloud services.

Under the agreement, HP and Microsoft will offer private and public cloud solutions designed to help organizations rapidly scale new users, shift IT resources from maintenance to innovation and change IT from a capital to operating expense. The solutions include:

  • Private cloud: HP Enterprise Cloud Services–Messaging, HP Enterprise Cloud Services–Collaboration and HP Enterprise Cloud Services–Real-Time Collaboration deliver Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and Microsoft Lync Server 2010 productivity applications as a service from HP data centers around the world.

  • Public cloud: Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft’s Office collaboration and productivity tools, will be delivered by Microsoft through the cloud.

  • Hybrid solution: HP will resell Microsoft Office 365 with HP Enterprise Cloud Services–Messaging, HP Enterprise Cloud Services–Collaboration and HP Enterprise Cloud Services–Real-Time Collaboration.(1)

HP and Microsoft engineering resources will collaborate to deploy, support and enhance the new solutions. The solutions will launch globally, with initial availability this month in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.

“Large organizations, particularly those in regulated industries like financial services and public sector, have demanding functionality and service level requirements,” said Brandt Faatz, vice president, Workplace Services, HP Enterprise Services. “HP and Microsoft help meet these needs with a flexible range of global, cost-efficient, cloud-based productivity solutions running on the latest technology.”

“Microsoft is committed to putting the unique and ever-evolving needs of customers at the core of cloud innovation," said Mark Hill, vice president, Enterprise Partner Group, Microsoft. “This alliance with HP not only broadens Microsoft’s geographic reach, it gives customers maximum flexibility to choose a cloud computing solution that meets their organization’s specialized messaging and collaboration needs.”

HP and Microsoft have delivered technical innovation together for more than 25 years. They offer joint solutions that help organizations around the world improve services through the use of innovative technologies. More information about the HP and Microsoft alliance is available at http://h10134.www1.hp.com/insights/alliances/microsoft/.

The new solutions enable organizations in their pursuit of an Instant-On Enterprise. In a world of continuous connectivity, the Instant-On Enterprise embeds technology in everything it does to serve customers, employees, partners and citizens with whatever they need, instantly.


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(1) HP Enterprise Cloud Services–Messaging, HP Enterprise Cloud Services–Collaboration and HP Enterprise Cloud Services–Real-Time Collaboration for some end users, and Microsoft Office 365 for others.


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