(The Hosting News) – Tech giants HP and Microsoft will partner on cloud solutions for a period of four years, the companies announced Thursday.
Specifically, the agreement will combine the companies’ cloud resources to allow for applications by Microsoft to run via public and private clouds.
Microsoft Office 365 will be supported by the public cloud, while the agreement allows for Microsoft applications such as SharePoint Server 10, Exchange Server 10, and others to run on private clouds.
Commenting on the matter in a press release, VP of Workplace Services at HP Enterprise Services Brandt Faatz stated, “Large organizations, particularly those in regulated industries like financial services and public sector, have demanding functionality and service level requirements.”
“HP and Microsoft help meet these needs with a flexible range of global, cost-efficient, cloud-based productivity solutions running on the latest technology,” Faatz continued.
With the move, the solutions will reach the entire world. However, the services will first become available before the end of the year in places including the U.S., the U.K., Canada and Australia.
The agreement also allows HP to resell Office 365 within its cloud service portfolio.
Meanwhile, Microsoft VP of Microsoft’s Enterprise Partner Group Mark Hill discussed the agreement, stating that it “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.”
Both companies have a long history of working together. In the past, the companies have collaborated on projects including Windows Azure and working to enhance technology environments. HP has also been named a Microsoft Partner of the Year several times. For more information, on the matter, view a press release by the companies here (hp.com).