Many large companies are looking to move to the public cloud, but want to maintain a higher level of control over sensitive data. To address this challenge, HPE will partner with Microsoft to bring customers the right combination of public and private cloud. The expanded partnership brings together the flexibility of Microsoft Azure’s public cloud and the reliability of HPE’s infrastructure and services.
Microsoft Azure is now a preferred public cloud provider for HPE’s customers, and HPE is a preferred partner for providing infrastructure and services for Microsoft’s hybrid cloud offerings.
First Hyper-converged System
The first product in the HPE and Microsoft partnership is the HPE Hyper-Converged 250 for Microsoft Cloud Platform System Standard. As the first hyper-converged system with true hybrid cloud capabilities, this brings together industry-leading HPE ProLiant technology and Microsoft Azure innovation and empowers customers to choose where and how they use the cloud.
HPE and Microsoft will work together to make select HPE industry-leading application lifecycle management, big data and security software products available on the Azure public cloud.
“Hewlett Packard Enterprise is committed to helping businesses transform to hybrid cloud environments in order to drive growth and value,” said Meg Whitman, CEO. “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.”
HPE will offer hardware and software support, as well as installation. As part of the partnership, 5,000 HPE employees will be certified as Azure Cloud Architects through its Global Services Practice, which will extend HPE Enterprise Services to ensure that customers have a seamless hybrid cloud experience.
HPE will also open HPE Azure Centers of Excellence—in Palo Alto, California, and Houston, Texas—to invest in continuing advancements in Hybrid IT and composable infrastructure.
“Our mission to empower every organization on the planet is a driving force behind our broad partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise that spans Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Windows 10,” explained Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “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.”
For additional product details, read the press release.