Cloud Deal Between HP & Microsoft Set

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Some of Microsoft’s key products could see wider availability via the cloud thanks to a recent deal the company made with Hewlett-Packard.

For four years, the companies will work together on providing global public and private clouds.

The public cloud option will enable Microsoft Office 365 availability while the private cloud will assist other company products including Microsoft’s Exchange, Sharepoint, and Lync Servers from 2010.

Availability is expected to begin sometime this month and countries including the United Kingdom and the United States will be some of the first to receive the cloud services.

Discussing the deal, Microsoft VP of the company’s Enterprise Partner Group Mark Hill stated, “Microsoft is committed to putting the unique and ever-evolving needs of customers at the core of cloud innovation.”

“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,” Hill continued.

It’s not the first time the companies have worked together. HP has been named a Microsoft Partner of the Year on numerous occasions. Meanwhile, the deal will also allow a Hybrid solution, giving HP the ability to resell Office 365. For more information on the agreement, visit: