Thursday, August 26, 2010

HP, Microsoft extend cloud partnership

Microsoft and HP have extended to India a partnership on building cloud infrastructures that it first announced globally in January. The partnership involves integration of HP hardware with Microsoft's virtualization software and cloud platform, as also development of applications to be hosted on this combined stack. The two companies have called it "the industry's most comprehensive technology stack integration to date, intended to substantially improve the customer experience for developing, deploying and managing IT environments". 

The effort is to build a data centre network for enterprises that works as one giant computer. The companies claim it's highly optimized on cost and extremely scalable. 

While the applications will include Microsoft's existing offerings, including the SQL database program, SharePoint collaboration solution and Exchange mailing application, a major initiative in India would be to get the country's large community of independent developers to create applications for this combined stack. "They will just have to put their applications on our converged infrastructure. They will get a big reach, even a global reach," said Radhesh Balakrishnan, director for worldwide virtualization marketing in Microsoft. 

In India, this joint effort will also have small and medium businesses as a big target customer segment for applications. Hospitals, small textile manufacturers, small retailers, mini steel plants are all seen to have very specific IT requirements.