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HP and Microsoft's New Cloud Combo

IBM and Microsoft, it seems, have never gotten over their nasty Windows-OS/2 breakup. While they should be very much aligned (IBM sells tons of servers that run Windows Server operating systems), they bicker like children.

That's perfect for HP, which has used this animus to stay close to Microsoft. And now that IBM and Microsoft are fighting over the cloud, why wouldn't HP sidle up and becomes Microsoft new cloud best friend?

That's just what HP did this Wednesday with the announcement of a three-year partnership with Microsoft to jointly build and sell cloud solutions. Much of the work centers around integration -- just making sure that Microsoft software works well on HP software and that techies from either side can support it. These efforts will help cloud providers as well as IT who may want to build private clouds in their own datacenters.

But with a quarter-of-a-billion dollars pledged to the effort, I'm hoping to see more than integration, but nifty and compelling new services.

Are any of your apps in the cloud, and if so, how are they faring? Share your experiences by writing dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on January 15, 2010 at 11:53 AM


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